Student Success Stories
“I knew I wanted to go to college to achieve the life I had planned”.
And just last week, Elaina Glynn, a former GED graduate from Lee County, is one step closer to achieving her dreams. Elaina graduated from East Tennessee State University last week with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.
“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.”
“The road wasn’t easy, and there were times I wanted to give up. The good thing is you can take the process as fast or slow as you would like until you complete your GED. There is no time limit. No matter how long it takes you or what may come your way, you CAN push through and keep going. I promise the struggles will be worth it!”
“What skills do offenders need to return to society and not reoffend”? That’s the question that Lt. Rebecca Baird of the Duffield Regional Jail (DRJ), Scott County Commonwealth’s Attorney Andy Johnson, and other local partners are finding answers to. The end goal of the partners is to ensure community safety by having former offenders enter employment and exit the justice system.
Two former Blackjewel miners have a new career path, thanks to a partnership between Mountain Empire Community College and Regional Adult and Career Education. Greg Seals and Rodney Tritt recently completed the CDL Road to Success in Virginia Program (RSVP), and were among 7 successful course graduates.
Wise Works, a Wise County alternative sentencing program, and RACE 1, the Regional Adult and Career Education Program, have announced a partnership that will give program participants the opportunity to pursue education and work readiness classes as part of their community service requirements.
“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’.
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...