Resolve to get your GED this New Year

Submitted Photo Felicia Pollitt (right) proudly displays her GED certificate next to instructor Paula Baumgardner (left) after her graduation in December of 2014.

The new year is a time for resolutions; to better yourself and set personal goals. The Adult Basic and Literacy Education Office at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (SCOESC) in New Boston is ready to help you cross one item off your list – helping you get your GED.

“With the way the economy is now, one of the first things you can do to put yourself in a better position to be successful in your job search is to get your GED,” said ABLE Director Rob Seaman. “I think economically, it makes sense when you look at how much money someone makes who has a GED or a high school diploma, compared to those that don’t. So when you want to start the year off right and you’re thinking about doing a job search, or improving your position within a career, the GED should be the first thing you think about.”

The ABLE program offers classes at various locations, with flexible locations to meet diverse needs. In addition to helping people complete their GED, Scioto County ABLE also provides services for workplace literacy, corrections education, distance education, and transition services.

The program is helpful to students of all ages. You are never too old, or too young, to change your life.

Felicia Pollitt completed the program in four months, and graduated in December of 2014. She said she wanted to set a good example for her 14-year-old soon-to-be step-daughter.

“I just literally got bored,” she said. “I wanted to show her that there’s so much more you can do. So I enrolled in a GED class. Paula Baumgardner was my instructor. She’s amazing. Any day that I came in and I was depressed about it, or if I was getting down because I wasn’t learning as fast as I wanted to, she was right there with everything you could think of to help me learn.”

After graduating the program, Pollitt immediately enrolled at Shawnee State University where she is now pursuing a degree in photography and journalism. Now feeling like there are no limits to her own success, she would like to work for a newspaper, and open her own photography studio.

Pollitt said she is very proud of her GED.

“I feel achieved, accomplished, and just ready to do more. Like there’s too much to learn and not enough time to do it in,” she said.

For more information about the ABLE program, contact them at 740-354-0211, or visit one of their many locations – at the ESC in New Boston, the Scioto County Career Technical Center in Lucasville, or at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth. The program works around the student’s schedule and can be as quick or as long as the student needs to complete. Day and evening classes are available, and all classes are free. The student only pays for the cost of the GED test itself, and the ABLE program offers assistance with that fee.

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