Frequently Asked Questions
What does the D2 in D2 Center stand for?
D2 stands for Directions and Diploma. If you’re out of school or thinking about dropping out, then you may need new directions and educational pathways to explore in order to get a high school diploma.
Who is eligible to come to the D2 Center?
We serve out-of-school or disengaged youth ages 15-21 in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.
How much do your services cost?
Our services are free.
How do I apply?
You may apply online or in person at the D2 Center. Please see the How to Apply page for more information, and call 402-502-8534 for an appointment.
I’m not an out-of-school youth, but I know someone who is, and I think they’d be a good fit for the D2 Center. Can I refer him/her to you?
Yes, please call us at 402-502-8534 or have the youth fill out an application online and call us for an appointment.
Do you offer classes?
We currently offer three elective credit classes taught by Nebraska-certified teachers that are accepted by some school districts including Omaha Public Schools. The classes are English Elective, Math Elective, and Navigating Your Future (focus on postsecondary planning). If your school counselor approves taking a D2 Center elective credit, we can get you enrolled. Your YAN can provide you with more information about elective credits.
Will I be expected to return to a traditional high school?
We will work with you to determine a pathway to graduation whether it be a traditional setting, an alternative route, or a combination of both. There is no easy pathway to a high school diploma, but there are different ways to get there.
Do you offer other services?
As part of the assessment process, we’ll help you decide if you’re in need of other services in the community, and refer you as needed.
Who will I work with?
First you’ll meet with a D2 Center intake specialist, who will process your application and conduct a personal interview with you. This helps us learn more about you so we can determine which programs are a good fit. Once we’ve worked together to create your Action Plan, we’ll assign a Youth Academic Navigator (YAN) to you. Your YAN will assist you with any questions or issues you have, and will check in with you on a regular basis.
Why should I return to school to get a high school diploma?
There are many answers to this question! A high school diploma opens the door to opportunities. Many jobs require a high school diploma, and you can earn more money over time with a high school diploma. When a potential employer sees that you’ve graduated from high school, they know that you are able to make a long-term commitment, and that you have the knowledge and skills that an education provides. High school graduates are better prepared to enter college or trade school programs. A high school education helps prepare you to be a better citizen and parent. It reflects your strong commitment to yourself, your family, your community and even your country. High school graduates are less likely to be unemployed, less likely to be involved in crime, and less likely to need public assistance. They’re more likely to be successful in life than non-graduates.
I’d like to get a GED. Can you help me with that?
As part of the intake and assessment process, we’ll work with you to see if the GED is a good option for you, and if so, refer you to GED programs.
I have to work to support my family, and I don’t have time for school. Can you help me?
We can help you find a program that fits your schedule. We can also refer you to other community services to address other situations in your life that are preventing you from returning to or staying in school.
I don’t have a car. Can you help me get to the D2 Center?
The D2 Center is located at The Center at 42nd and Center Street. You won’t need to come to the D2 Center to apply to our program and get started. The application can be done online at this website, or you can call to apply and do it over the phone. If you need to start a D2 Center elective credit or if you want in-person tutoring, you will need to come to the D2 Center. Bus routes 3 and 15 go right by the D2 Center. Visit the ometro.com website for more information about bus routes. We can provide free bus passes, if needed.