NCTC offers free GED program

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

GAINESVILLE, TX - North Central Texas College saw a growing problem in the community of students who never completed their schooling. So the Lifelong Learning department decided to do something about it with a new and innovative GED program.

Kevin Knight knows firsthand how important getting your GED can be; he dropped out of high school when he was in the 10th grade. Kevin hit hard times as a teen when his father died and he had to go to work to support himself and his family.

"I wish there were different opportunities when I did get my GED than there was, but it's really opened a lot of doors,” said Knight.

He got his GED without any outside help, but said he wished he'd had a support system like NCTC's GED Academy.

"I think it's definitely a second chance, but I also think it's also a second chance for them to taking a different approach to getting that education,” said Djuna Forrester, Dean of Lifelong Learning.

The new program will allow 79 eligible students to get their GED for free. A grant from the Texas Education Agency will provide tuition, books and testing fees. But that’s not all students will be able to get out of the GED Academy.

"The other innovative thing we're doing here is encompassing the academics with life skills and critical workforce skills and then also academic preparedness,” said Forrester.

Basically, students will be able to take classes, use online resources and get individualized tutoring in the fall to get their GED. Then in the spring they move onto occupational training, such as accounting, bookkeeping, welding, certified nurse’s aide, HVAC Technician or pharmaceutical technician.

Forrester said they’ve had GED programs in the past, but nothing like this. She said the GED Academy goes beyond completing your education, and prepares students for life after school or further education.

"Take this as an opportunity where you have the financial resources to help you and you have the support people to help you,” said Forrester.

And when that goal is reached, the future is that much brighter.

"Just hold your head up, you'll make it. I mean it's one foot in front of the other and you'll get there.... I did it, I'm living proof,” said Kevin, who’s set to finish welding school in August.

The program is open to adults ages 18 to 25 who dropped out of a Texas public high school or didn't complete home-schooling requirements. Classes begin August 4th. You can sign up by calling the Lifelong Learning center at (940) 668-4272.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    mark is full of a lot of good ideas. like not killing unwanted babies so they grow up unloved and then won't care about their fellow man and cause another holocaust or at the very least eat food that a wanted baby could be eating. its not called a good enough diploma for no reason! its just good enough.
  • by mark washburn Location: sherman on Jun 30, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    If our public schools are so great, why do so many people need a GED? Teach them and they will graduate. Get the PC out of schools and let our studnts learn to think for themselves and not depend on the government to bail them out. Get rid of the teacher unions, the unions are corrupt.
  • by A Former Student Location: Denton on Jun 30, 2010 at 08:44 AM
    I want to say, NCTC's Lifelong Learning department is a place to go for all of your continuing education needs. They are an AMAZING group, Faculty and instructors. They provide top notch service for their students....Going above and beyond the call of duty is what Dean Forrester does best. She works hard to provide classes for demand positions and others as well.
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