GED Program Gives El Pasoans a Second Chance

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POSTED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 10:23am

UPDATED: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 10:03am

The drop out rate in El Paso is about as bad as it gets. Leaving high school means losing the chance to get a decent job, and forget the long term prospects for success. But there is a silver lining at the Ysleta Community Learning Center, where students get a second chance for their GED, their graduate equivilency diploma. They're on the road to somewhere.

The classrooms are crowded but quiet. There is intensity in this place and sense of purpose. Maybe that's because the students appreciate what it means to have a second chance, a third chance, maybe a last chance to earn a high school education.

Another goal might be to set themselves apart from so many bordelrand students. In 2010, 6,400 El Pasoans dropped out of high school. Thirty-eight percent of students who start, never finish.

To fulfill their potential, to earn their GED, adult students here pass five subjects: science and social studies along with the three R's of reading, writing and arithmatic. 

The Ysleta Community Learning Center is part of the Ysleta Independent School District.   

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