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Graduate Jennifer Mitchell’s Advice: Don’t wait!

“Do it. Don’t sit at home. Don’t wait 19 years like I did. There is NOTHING to be scared of.”

That’s Jennifer Mitchell’s advice to anyone in the region who finds themselves lacking their diploma. Jennifer is a recent GED graduate from Big Stone Gap, and she will be the first to tell you – it wasn’t easy. But, she says, “it was SO worth it.”

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Hardest Part of the GED? Facing Unknowns

“In my opinion, the hardest part of getting your GED is walking through the doors. The fear of the unknowns is real for many people”.

With a combined 43 years of teaching experience at RACE 1, Debra Watson and Judy Samples have seen many students walk through those doors and face the ‘unknowns’.

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Improving Broadband Internet Expansion

Do you really have access to high-speed Internet? How would you know unless you tested it? Now there is a free mobile app that gives users the power to identify areas with low or no internet access. Called TestIT, the app tells you how your speed compares to the...

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Wednesday was a very special day for 9 Lee County Headstart parents. Through a partnership with Race1, Mountain Empire Community College, Appalachia Community Action Agency, and Lee County Headstart, these parents graduated from the first-ever pilot program “Get Ready!”. For 5 months, this special group met for weekly classes that covered educational skills, finances, digital learning, employment skills,and more - while offering job certification and debt reduction.  Wednesday’s graduation ceremony celebrated the remarkable achievements of these parents. It was an honor to be a part of this partnership and, over the next week, we look forward to sharing more about this group and the “Get Ready!” program. Stay tuned!

Wednesday was a very special day for 9 Lee County Headstart parents. Through a partnership with Race1, Mountain Empire Community College, Appalachia Community Action Agency, and Lee County Headstart, these parents graduated from the first-ever pilot program “Get Ready!”. For 5 months, this special group met for weekly classes that covered educational skills, finances, digital learning, employment skills,and more - while offering job certification and debt reduction.

Wednesday’s graduation ceremony celebrated the remarkable achievements of these parents. It was an honor to be a part of this partnership and, over the next week, we look forward to sharing more about this group and the “Get Ready!” program. Stay tuned!
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Congratulations. This former teacher sees a group of winners who are “ready” for the next step.

Congratulations on your commitment and success!

Sarah Allen graduated with her Associate’s Degree in General Education from MECC last Friday, and that’s just the first step.  Next year, Allen will graduate from Lindsey Wilson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Counseling to support her continued employment with Frontier Health where she specializes in adult and independent living skills case management tech.  And for Sarah, it all began with completing her GED.  After a job new job required a GED, Sarah signed up for free RACE 1 classes in Lee County and started the process. “I was surprised at how easy the process was. And I really liked the layout of the program. I could learn and work at my own pace”, Allen stated.  It took one year for Sarah to earn her GED. She notes that she “felt like her GED really prepared her for her studies at MECC and beyond.”  Her advice for someone thinking about pursuing a GED? “Do it. Work at it, study, and get it done. You’ll be so glad you did.”  Congratulations on your accomplishment, Sarah! We are excited to watch your continued success!  You, too, can enroll in any local adult GED program for FREE. Sign-up is easy, and our instructors are happy to help you. For more information, simply call 844-697-2231 or visit our website at myrace1.org.

Sarah Allen graduated with her Associate’s Degree in General Education from MECC last Friday, and that’s just the first step.

Next year, Allen will graduate from Lindsey Wilson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Counseling to support her continued employment with Frontier Health where she specializes in adult and independent living skills case management tech.

And for Sarah, it all began with completing her GED.

After a job new job required a GED, Sarah signed up for free RACE 1 classes in Lee County and started the process. “I was surprised at how easy the process was. And I really liked the layout of the program. I could learn and work at my own pace”, Allen stated.

It took one year for Sarah to earn her GED. She notes that she “felt like her GED really prepared her for her studies at MECC and beyond.”

Her advice for someone thinking about pursuing a GED? “Do it. Work at it, study, and get it done. You’ll be so glad you did.”

Congratulations on your accomplishment, Sarah! We are excited to watch your continued success!

You, too, can enroll in any local adult GED program for FREE. Sign-up is easy, and our instructors are happy to help you. For more information, simply call 844-697-2231 or visit our website at myrace1.org.
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Congratulations Sarah.

Congratulations Sarah.

You go Sarah I am proud of you and may God bless you and your family bless her lord in the blood of Jesus name amen. Jim b

Congratulations, that’s so awesome, we love you 👩‍🎓

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Congratulations Sara your such an inspiration ,I love you beautiful lady!❤

You go Sarah. So proud of you

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What a great inspiration you are - and what a beautiful top you are wearing!

Congratulations Sarah!! Very proud of your accomplishments!

Congrats Sarah & way to go! Proud of you.

Congratulations So Proud of You! ❤

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Congratulations Sarah!

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Congratulations, Sarah!!! I’m really proud of you!❤️

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Thanks for the great meeting today with the MEOC Senior Workers. These Adult Learners are fantastic- learning new skills every day.

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Today, as we applaud graduates of Mountain Empire Community College, we would also like to extend a special ‘congratulations’ to the 25 graduates who started their college work with a GED. This is the best next step with a GED! Their persistence and dedication have paid off. We wish them the best of luck as they begin their new chapters!  Enrolling in any local GED class to jumpstart your career is simple (and free)! Just call 844-697-2231 or visit our website at myrace1.org. We will celebrate your GED and college graduation soon.  #gedsuccess

Today, as we applaud graduates of Mountain Empire Community College, we would also like to extend a special ‘congratulations’ to the 25 graduates who started their college work with a GED. This is the best next step with a GED! Their persistence and dedication have paid off. We wish them the best of luck as they begin their new chapters!

Enrolling in any local GED class to jumpstart your career is simple (and free)! Just call 844-697-2231 or visit our website at myrace1.org. We will celebrate your GED and college graduation soon.

#gedsuccess
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