Salvation Army kicks off GED program


There are people who go their entire lives without getting their high school diploma, which can make it difficult to find a job. The local Salvation Army is offering a GED program for those who want to take classes.

“It’s a challenge to make it in the world without an education,” said homeless individual Austin Sellers.

Sellers knows just how difficult it is to live a life without education.

“I’d definitely choose to have never started drugs. It kept me from graduating high school. If you can finish high school, I would recommend that above anything,” Sellers said.

But now, Sellers is trying to turn his life around.

“Don’t ever think that it’s unachievable, because there’s people even older than I am that still hasn’t had their GED,” Sellers said.

Erica Hitt with the Salvation Army saw the need and worked for two years to put this program together.

“So many people were interested, and not just our residents. We’re wanting to service that poverty-stricken community, people who are at risk for homelessness,” Hitt said.

Already 21 people have signed up for these weekly classes that are offered on Monday and Wednesdays.

“The response we had got was double what we had initially anticipated, so that just says that the need is there,” Hitt said.

Sellers says he’s all for the program and says if you have the chance, go for it.

“If you have the opportunity, I would say grab it and run with it, ’cause it’s not always offered at a free charge,” Sellers said.

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