CANTON — Chattahoochee Technical College hopes to relaunch a nonprofit organization this year with the goal of making its GED program accessible to everyone.
Chattahoochee Tech offers free adult education programs in GED test preparation and English as a second language at its Cherokee Learning Center in Canton.
The center is funded by several sources, including the federal and state government and local supporters. Spokesperson Rebecca Long said interest in the Certified Literate Community Program previously fell, causing the nonprofit to become inactive. However, Long said since the GED test is changing, the nonprofit hopes to gain support from the community and relaunch this year.
“One of the big keys in adult education right now is getting people to finish their GED this year,” Long said. “The test is changing Jan. 1, and if you have only passed two or three (of the five sections of the GED), those scores are going to go away as of Jan. 1 and (people will) have to start over.”
Long said the test changes every few years, and the center hopes to prepare students not just for the GED, but also for their next step, whether that is going to college or getting a job.
The Cherokee Learning Center is looking for volunteers to help with the relaunch. Long said they are looking for “people who can either work with the students themselves” or “people who can really get out into the community and raise support, both financial and otherwise.”
In 2012, Cherokee’s graduation rate was 74.8 percent, while the state average was 67.4 percent.
Long said 10 percent of Cherokee County residents above the age of 18 don’t have a GED or high school diploma, and said that was a lower percentage than many surrounding counties.
To learn more about the Cherokee Learning Center or GED classes, or for additional information, visit chattahooch
eetech.edu and click on the “Adult Education” link under the “Programs & Courses” tab at the top of the page.