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Free GED classes begin at Little Mill Middle

POSTED: April 21, 2014 12:03 a.m.
 

NORTH FORSYTH — It doesn’t matter why they never graduated high school. For Kimberly DeRose, all that’s important is they’re interested in earning their GED.

“Even if they have very low skills — if they’re a reader, a non-reader, English speaker, non-English speaker, it doesn’t matter — we’ll meet them where they are,” said DeRose, Title I family engagement coordinator at Little Mill Middle School.

The school in northeast Forsyth is in its second year of offering GED classes, the third campus in the school system to do so.

Classes for the year began Tuesday and DeRose said the feedback from participants has been emotional.

An aunt of a Little Mill student said she enrolled to be a good role model, the same reason given by a father of two. Other students included a 17-year-old high school dropout in foster care, a father of four, a new mother and a mother who wanted to finish high school before her son.

“What a blessing to be part of such powerful changes,” DeRose said.

The timing of offering classes coincides with the beginning of the spring semester at Lanier Technical College.

Elaine Glenn, lead instructor of Lanier Tech’s GED program, said the college is “very excited to be a part of the partnership with Literacy Forsyth and Little Mill.”

“We will be helping people in several ways — preparing students for the new 2014 GED test, for their future in the world of work and careers, and/or for pursuing a college education,” Glenn said. 

According to DeRose, the classes are drop-in style, meaning participants can work at their own pace and attend when they have time.

Instructors will work individually with students and give them a course prediction for how long it likely will take them to work toward completing the test.

The classes are offered with the help of Literacy Forsyth. The local nonprofit will also work with students looking to go beyond earning a GED, including applying to a technical school, searching for a job or updating resumes.

Annaliza Thomas, executive director of the literacy group, said it is “important to help people get their GED because it improves our community overall.”

“With a GED, people have access to more of the things that keep families healthy, happy and safe,” she said.

 

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