Students in Goodwill’s GoodGRADS program come from all walks of life. Many needing extra support.
Program Manager Cira Bennett says, “We have students that have transportation issues. They’re going through life issues. They don’t have someone there with them being able to say, ‘Go here. Get this resource. Or they don’t have anybody with them who says, ‘I believe in you. You can do this. ‘Don’t give up. We’re here.’ So when that pushes them and motivates them. It’s a holistic comprehensive service that we’re able to provide to students.”
And the program to help them study for their GED works. Seven GoodGRADS students ranging in age from 18 to 58 just earned their GED’s.
GoodGRADS Instructor Rosemari Cain says, “I think a lot of the GED is not so much knowledge. It’s confidence. And if they don’t try it, they don’t know. I find a lot of students are a lot smarter than they think they are.”
GoodGRADS provides case management services to help students overcome barriers that may keep them from coming to class.
Bennett says, “We provide all the school supplies. We provide transportation assistance if they need help getting here. We also provide scholarships. So if the cost of paying the GED test is a barrier, we can help with that too.”
They even offer advice to anyone considering the GoodGRADS program… Cain says, “Do it. No matter how old you are. No matter how long you’ve been out of school. Just do it.”
GoodGRADS is for adults with a 2ND grade of higher ability level in reading and math. Classes are held at Goodwill’s Mission Services Center on North Church Street.