Adult Literacy Program Offers Free Online GED Training

Data from the 2000 census indicates one in four Coastal Empire residents could benefit from adult literacy training, something the Richard Arnold School for Adult Education in Savannah offers for free.
"The most important step they could have taken was to come in and continue their education by getting their GED," said teacher Gerald Cope. "That will allow them to go into the military, to go on and continue their education elsewhere, so we do encourage them to come in, and if they have had to leave school, to go ahead and get that GED so they can continue on and be successful in their life."
GED Online Registration Drive 

Monday June 7 and Tuesday June 8, Richard Arnold School for Adult Education at 3609 Hopkins Street in Savannah.

Sessions at 9am or 6pm; students must attend one each day.

Call 912.201.5527 for info.

Now, they're introducing a whole new level of community outreach, online.

"If you do not have a high school diploma now, then the only reason is because you haven't sought us out," said Patrick Rossiter, the school's principal. "Because we're seeking to bring the mountain to the people."

Rossiter wass referring to the GED Online program, which lets students put in the required coursework at times that match their schedules, using the internet to complete assignments.

"This online program could be the greatest thing to come along for years in adult literacy in the State of Georgia because it enables and empowers students to overcome traditional barriers to education, such as child care, transportation, maybe being on shift work," said Rossiter.

The program Rossiter overseas reaches out to students in Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty Counties. Residents in this region have to make a trip to the Richard Arnold School for registration, but then can work from anywhere they have internet access.

"Without a GED, you're at a dead end," said Rossiter. "With the GED, we promise to put you at an intersection which leads to another intersection, which leads to more money each time you go through there."

That success has never been easier to reach for these adult students in our area. The program is having a registration drive next week. If you're interested, you can attend the two-day evaluations at Richard Arnold School for Adult Education at 3609 Hopkins Street in Savannah, starting next Monday with either the 9am or 6pm session and continuing on Tuesday. Call 912.201.5527 for more information.

Reported by: Charles Gray,
cgray@wtoc.com