Ian Kidd and Beverly Brown
While studying for the GED, Ian Kidd and Beverly Brown say they learned that they had much in common: a similar wicked sense of humor, a desire to get good-paying jobs rather than collect disability benefits and a chance to show their families that they can succeed.
Most importantly, though, both say a GED would change their lives.
Ian and Beverly are among the first students to participate in the new GED group instruction preparation program at DORS Workforce & Technology Center. GED instruction is now available to DORS consumers who need a high school diploma in order to successfully complete a training program or reach their job goal.
“I’m forty-something,” says Beverly, “and I still have goals and a desire to have my GED.” She is considering several careers, including surgical nursing or owning her own trucking company.
With a GED, she says, “It won’t be a nightmare to apply for a job.”
Ian is eyeing a community college degree where he feels that the Disability Support Office can provide the help he will need to succeed. “Everyone in my family has graduated from somewhere. I need a GED so I can say ‘Look what I’ve done’ and then I can move on.”
Both students praise WTC’s academic staff. “DORS and WTC teachers are fantastic,” says Ian. “They do what they have to do to get us prepared.” Beverly, who has been in previous GED classes elsewhere, agrees. “They really want to see me succeed.” WTC’s academic staff include Therese Parr, Melissa James, Jane Englar and Patty Reichart.
The WTC academic staff is also skilled in using adaptive techniques for individuals with hearing, visual and learning disabilities. The academic instructors also assist students in applying for requested testing accommodations.