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GARY U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos put Gary on the map in a big way Friday when she visited local charter schools, complimenting the students' education and the ability of parents to make a choice in their children's education.

DeVos visited Gary Middle College and 21st Century Charter School as part of her 2017 Rethink School Tour. DeVos concluded her tour in Missouri and Indiana Friday. Throughout the week, DeVos has highlighted the unique ways in which educators across the country are meeting the needs of individual students.

The two charter schools are operated by Indianapolis-based GEO Foundation. The foundation's CEO/founder Kevin Teasley, along with dignitaries, politicians and educators from across Northwest Indiana and the state, were on hand to greet DeVos and listen in on a panel discussion where several 21st Century Charter school students talked about the number of credits they have earned on the road to a associate and bachelor's degree.

At GEO Academies, students become college-experienced rather than merely college-ready. Experience IS readiness and it is never too early to begin planning and preparing for college. All 21C students in grades 7 to 12 are invited to attend our 2017 college tours.

We live in an uncertain world, but there are at least some universal truths like the fact that, in order to go to college, you have to graduate high school. Or so we thought. 18-year-old Raven Osborne blew that notion to pieces when she earned her college degree two weeks before graduating high school (which shell do as a straight-A student and class valedictorian).

And heres the kicker: It was all free, thanks to a program offered through her high school, 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Indiana. 21st Century is a free public school, and one of six charter schools around the country run by the GEO Foundation, which aims to provide students in impoverished neighborhoods with access to quality education. GEO not only funds its students college classes, but also pays for the books and transportation.

People Magazine: Student Graduates From College Two Weeks Before High School Graduation: "I Didn't Want to Waste Any Time."

When Raven Osborne was in third grade, her teacher told her that the classwork was too hard for her and she wasnt an A student.

Well, Osborne certainly proved that teacher wrong.

The 18-year-old just picked up her college diploma two weeks before she even graduates from high school, and shes doing it as a straight-A student and valedictorian.

People Magazine: Student Graduates From College Two Weeks Before High School Graduation: "I Didn't Want to Waste Any Time."

When Raven Osborne was in third grade, her teacher told her that the classwork was too hard for her and she wasnt an A student.

Well, Osborne certainly proved that teacher wrong.

The 18-year-old just picked up her college diploma two weeks before she even graduates from high school, and shes doing it as a straight-A student and valedictorian.

Indiana Teen Graduates from College before getting high school diploma


I graduate from college on May 5," she told CBS News' Jericka Duncan.
But when does she graduate from high school? May 22.

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