“When we reach a level where we feel comfortable, we recommend that they go ahead and take the exam.”
Weatherford’s program has drawn people of all ages, the oldest student being 70. Students may spend 100 contact classroom hours in the program, with that time not including additional studying, homework, etc.
“What we’re dealing with are people who have not achieved graduation through the traditional high school program, and we simply view it as a part of the process of continued education,” Evans said.
Once a student passes his or her GED exam, some come back to Weatherford ISD and get involved with the Next Step Program as a bridge between the GED and college.
“The Next Step Program takes students from the GED to enrolling in college,” Evans said. “We work closely with Weatherford College and help the student work on their academic courses, financial aid and filling out applications. So many times, people don’t understand the financial opportunities available to them.”
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