Lori first began her journey to attain her high school equivalency diploma in June of 2013. Lori was matched with her tutor, and although she passed one of the five tests four months later, she faced the challenge of having to pass four other tests before the new version of the GED was released on January 1, 2014. Lori ran out of time and had to start over. Lori didn’t give up – she persisted. It was not easy. Lori not only worked full time, she lived in rural Lancaster and classes were not readily available. Luckily for Lori, a new class opened close to her home. She continued to meet with her tutor and attend class. She attended a total of 750 hours of instruction, and after five years of commitment and determination, Lori passed her final test and completed her GED on May 7, 2018. Congratulations to Lori who was recognized at the 2018 Community Education High School Equivalency Graduation Ceremony for Outstanding Dedication in High School Equivalency Studies.
Nai spent years in a refugee camp after fleeing from his home in Burma. After begin resettled in Lancaster, Nai knew that with a 6th grade education and no English, that education was the key to a better life. In 2012, he started ESL classes. In 6 months, he moved up to the next level. After one year, he enrolled in our academic English class where he studied for three years with the goal of raising his reading level high enough to begin working on his high school equivalency diploma. He transitioned to IU 13’s GED class at the Lancaster CareerLink and passed the GED math, social studies and science tests. He came back to The Literacy Council for tutoring for the reading language arts test, and to prepare for the citizenship test. Nai passed the citizenship test and is now a citizen. He continues to work with his tutor and hopes to pass the reading test soon.
Supporting adult literacy and basic education in your community is a sound investment. Adult education programs have a measurable 450% return. This comes in the form of increased tax revenue and reduced reliance on social services. Educated citizens work, pay taxes and give back to their communities.
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