Free GED classes are being offered at two locations

October 15th, 2009    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

The Clermont County Educational Service Center operates the Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program for residents in Clermont County as well as surrounding counties.

The program offers adults a “Second Chance” to receive an equivalency diploma or GED.

During the 2008-2009 school year, the ABLE program served 300 adults and 174 of these individuals received the Ohio High School Equivalency Diploma (GED).

Although ABLE does not promote non-completion of high school, it supports the program as an alternative. The GED is a widely used alternative for awarding high school credentials.

Attendance at Orientation is required for enrolling in the program. Orientation is an eight hour program that explains what the classes are about, to do initial assessments and begin the goal setting process.

Adult Education began in August and after a 50 percent funding cut, only two sites are still available for adult students. In the past, 10 sites were available.

"It is unfortunate that the funding cuts have also eliminated support funds to the Literacy Council of Brown and Clermont Counties," said Jimmi McIntosh, Supervisor for the Clermont County Educational Service Center.

"Even with the funding loss, the program still has to serve 300 students," said Mcintosh. "I want to congratulate our two licensed teachers for taking on a huge challenge like this."

McIntosh urged those who are considering returning to school to set a goal now.

For more information, call the CCESC at (513) 735-8300.
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