On a weekly basis, throughout Delta County, free General Educational Development (GED) classes are being offered as part of a grant awarded to the Delta County Libraries. For many Delta County residents these classes serve as an opportunity to better themselves and advance their employment potential.
"Participants in the classes come from many walks of life. Some of the participants encountered hardships in high school and were forced to drop out, others had to work on farms or for a family business, others are looking for job advancement, some are looking to join the military and some are trying to set an example for their children," said program and outreach manager Di Herald.
One such participant is Lynette Taylor. "Taking the GED classes for me have been truly a life changing experience," said Taylor. "I'm very thankful for the classes and tools as well as all the positive support and a huge confidence boost. I have a chance to better my life, be a great example to my children and obtain my dream job."
The GED was introduced in 1942 and was designed to help returning World War II veterans acclimate to civilian life and finish their educations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2008 500,000 people received a GED, 12% of all high school credentials awarded that year. Thirty-one percent of those receiving a GED actually enroll in a postsecondary institution. This is significant as it shows that the GED recipient is more confident and interested in increasing their employment and earning potential.
"This is truly crucial to our county's future," says library director Annette Choszczyk. "It improves the employment base and can help attract businesses. We are fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to offer these classes to so many people." The classes are open and can be joined at any time. They are strategically placed in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia.blog comments powered by Disqus