Five students dedicated their summer to pursuing their educational aspirations by participating in a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) pilot program at Brookdale Community College. This intensive five-day-a-week program, specifically geared for individuals between 16 and 21 years of age, prepared the cohort to take the high school equivalency exam as early as this fall.
This 11-week program totaled 250 hours and consisted of a diverse curriculum including math, science, language arts and literacy, social studies, a Microsoft Office Suite component, and a work readiness credential.
After the final class, the students shared that the small class size and individual attention aided to their success in learning and retaining information from the various academic disciplines.
Co-coordinators of the program, Linda Roma and Carl DeJura, congratulated the students for their commitment and highlighted that by completing the program, the students were ready for future success.
“Each of the students remained dedicated and enthusiastic about completing the program despite the various struggles in their lives,” said Roma. “Although, at times, the curriculum and life provided hurdles, each of them remained committed. I can’t wait to see what their future brings. ”
This program, which was funded by One-Stop Career Center, was piloted at Brookdale’s Neptune center and will expand this fall to Brookdale’s Long Branch location.
In addition to this new program, Brookdale offers evening GED Programs for students of all ages at Brookdale’s Neptune, Long Branch, and Hazlet centers. For more information about Brookdale’s GED programs click here.
Featured photo from left to right: Students Markenya Martin, Alexus Schramm, D’Vaughandre Strange, and Leesa Marks, GED instructor.