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TACOMA, Wash. -- A Tacoma woman applying for a job discovers she never technically graduated high school.

While requesting a high school transcript for a banking position, Jevetta Trapp, 24, realized she was one credit short of earning her high school diploma from Foss High School.

Even though Trapp s guidance counselor cleared her to graduate and walk with her class in 2009, the mistake was never caught until now.

I have an Associate s Degree, three months away from a bachelor s degree, but I m still a senior in high school, she said.

Trapp earned an Associate s Degree from Seattle Central Community College, but the problem wasn t noticed then because a high school diploma isn t required to take classes, only that a student is at least 18.

According to Tacoma Public Schools, this problem happens about a dozen times each year. In Trapp's case, administration at Foss High School has changed in the last five years, which makes the problem tough to figure out.

There s always a chance for error and always a chance something slips through the cracks, said Dan Voelpel, district spokesman.

Trapp brought it to the attention to Tacoma Public Schools, which is trying to help her with a solution.

We re exploring different legal options to see what would benefit her, said Voelpel.

A new school board policy allows the district to evaluate Trapp s college transcripts to see if any classes can apply to the missing credit, which she believes may be an English one.

According to Voelpel, a state law allows colleges to grant students the equivalency of a high school diploma if they earn an A.A. degree.

After struggling through five years of high school, Trapp wants the real thing.

Somewhere down the line a mistake was made, I don t want to point the blame on anyone, I just want it cleared up, said Trapp.

The school district hopes to find a solution by next week. Trapp says the bank is holding her job for her until March 31.


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