Make 2017 the year you change your life with education

ABLE helps you take that step for a new year, new you!

NEW BOSTON, Ohio (Jan. 3, 2017) – 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 (ESC) in New Boston is ready to help you cross one item off your list – helping you complete, or just attaining more education.

“This is a new year and a new beginning, and education opens up the door for everything in life,” said ABLE Instructor Paula Baumgardner. “You can go on to college; you can have a better career, but without an education you’re really kind of stagnant.”

The ABLE program offers a variety of education programs. The GED program helps students who have not completed high school.

“This program gives students a second chance,” Baumgardner said. “Some of them dropped out of school, and find it difficult to get a job or advance in their current position. This will open up a lot of doors for most of them. They can come in and get that, and then they can go on to school or at least work.”

Brianna Adams, 19, of Minford, was encouraged by her grandmother to get her GED. She said she enjoyed the classes and was able to complete her program in only a few months.

“It was able to work around my work schedule so I could still study and come in. Mrs. Baumgardner was an awesome teacher,” Adams said. “It felt great when I finished, and both my grandparents were very happy!”

The ABLE department also offers a Bridge program, for students who have already completed their high school diploma or GED, bust still need some remedial courses to transition to college. Bridge classes are offered at the Scioto County Career Center, in Lucasville, and Shawnee State University, in Portsmouth.

“We also offer an Adult Diploma Program,” Baumgardner explained. “That program is for people who do not have a high school diploma, but they do have to be age 22 or older to be accepted into this program. The thing about this program is they can earn a high school diploma – not a GED – and a certificate in a select field through Scioto County CTC. They can walk away with two certificates.”

The ABLE program offers classes 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, and transition services. The programs are helpful to students of all ages. You are never too old, or too young, to change your life.

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. Distance learning opportunities are also available for some programs, if the student is unable to travel. 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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