GED program at ACCC gives many a second chance

Delivery of education doesn’t always come in quick-step fashion.
For reasons usually peculiar to the individual, the normal progression through elementary and secondary schools and a high school diploma doesn’t always occur by the 18th birthday. For some it takes another year or three, for others a decade or two.
A story in Monday’s Register told about four individuals who earned high school diplomas through Allen County Community College’s general education development program. Altogether, 64 will be awarded diplomas Monday night in exercises at the college. For all of them and society at large their accomplishments are notable.
The GED program has been in place at the college for a good many years and has given a leg up to many students who had failed to complete graduation requirements within a traditional high school setting.
Another, more recent opportunity for students who failed to seize traditional education is found at the Crossroads Learning Center in Gas, which provides an alternative approach to completing requirements for a high school diploma. It also is of important educational value.
But, the GED program is more comprehensive — students 40, 50, even 60 are made to feel right at home — and it is not meant to be an alternative for students of high school age.
The four students interviewed for the article in Monday’s Register told compelling stories about having been pushed aside and de-railed by circumstances. Each was grateful for the opportunity to complete an educational journey that otherwise might very possibility have been put off forever.
In addition to providing opportunities for educational development and a diploma, GED instructors at ACCC work hard to kindle, sometimes rekindle, an educational spark in students.
They are prepared to deal successfully with tests that win them diplomas, and often enrolling in the program becomes a catalyst that encourages students to go beyond what is necessary. Efforts are made to instill within each a love of learning.
ACCC instructors also make sure that doors to further education, at the college here or elsewhere, are opened for the students.
Many qualify for scholarships.
Education isn’t an automatic step to success, but it does set the stage for better jobs, self improvement and often most importantly the wherewithal for an individual to move beyond what he or she thought were self limitations.
We all should applaud those who take advantage of ACCC’s GED program, as well as the college for making it available.

Bob Johnson