PRESTONSBURG – Michael Brown’s world turned upside down when he learned he lost his job at an explosive company.
The layoff also brought home another realization. A high school diploma and/or GED is a must.
Thanks to the Adult Education program at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and a new partnership with the Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center (CEOC), students like Brown are receiving help in not only preparing for GED test but also paying for it.
“We find that oftentimes students have all the motivation to complete their GED but lack the finances to pay for the test,” said Dr. Jennifer Leedy, program coordinator of Adult Education on the Mayo and Prestonsburg campuses of BSCTC. “Over the years, we have worked with many organizations on ways to offset the cost for students. Our goal is to eliminate any and all hurdles for students wishing to obtain their GED.”
The CEOC is a federal TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by Morehead State University.
Tammy Meredith-Castle, assistant director of the CEOC, said the partnership with BSCTC is a natural fit.
“Our program is about helping students pave a way towards post-secondary education,” said Castle. “If our support in covering the cost of an exam is the only thing standing between a student and moving forward towards their educational goals, this is money well spent.”
Brown, 33, of Prestonsburg, plans to begin taking the four-part GED test next week.
“The people here at Adult Education have been great to work with,” he added. “They’ve believed in me when I didn’t.”
For Austin Moon, 19, of Thelma, the GED is going to help him enroll in the college’s diesel technology or industrial maintenance programs.
He was recently laid off from a central Kentucky construction company and moved back to eastern Kentucky.
“I have successfully completed two of the four parts of the GED test, and I am so thankful for the help I have received here,” he said.
For more information on Adult Education programs at BSCTC, contact Dr. Leedy at (606) 788-2827 or email [email protected]