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Bassette Elementary School offers GED program to parents

Parents of students at Bassette Elementary School now have the opportunity to participate in a GED Academy at the school.  The program kick-off was held on Nov. 23. with motivational speakers, school staff, and community partners.

The academy was developed after families expressed concerns about not having a GED.  Diane Campbell, the school’s family engagement specialist, listened to their concerns and worked with Myra Chambers, director of alternative learning, to form a GED planning committee to explore a proposal to offer a program during school hours.  After some planning sessions and meetings to determine interest in such an opportunity, a community partnership meeting was held to garner support to see if the vision was possible.

“By sharing testimonies, hearing motivational speakers, and the opportunity to sit in their classroom, as well as turn on the computer, and type in their unique ID number, the adults students were able to get a feel of how the first day of class will be as a group,” said Campbell.

Nine parents have enrolled in the program that meets twice a week at the school.  Participants may also attend classes at the GED Center at the Campus at Lee, at any time.  The program officially began for the new students on Nov. 30.

The participants are very excited about the program and shared the following comments:

“My daughter cannot wait for me to start going to school with her,” said Erica Gray.

“I have been waiting for this opportunity; my goal is to have my GED by August so I can go to college,” said Cassandra Knightor

“Words cannot say how happy I am for this opportunity; I have been out of school since the 70s,” said Shirley Williams.

“I want more for myself; this will allow me to change jobs,” said Sarah Kourtiche and Danielle Prossise.

“I am happy to have a new beginning,” said Latasha Joyner

“I feel excited about being able to come to Bassette and start the program,” said Amber Arizmendi'Anaya and Natasha Darden.

“I am excited about the program an ready to learn,” said Jacklyn Clark

The program will continue throughout the school year and is self-paced.

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