JAMESTOWN, N.C. — The Get on Track program at Guilford Technical Community College is helping adult students or students with GEDs enroll in college classes.
For one week, students who’ve earned their GEDs get career advice, mentoring and take placement tests. They also get free bus passes and lunch.
But mostly, program coordinator Kristi Short says students are encouraged to move past the obstacles that got them off track.
“GED students are often intimidated by the idea of going to college,” Short said. “Moving on to college is a big transition for them.”
It’s a transition Jennifer Beavers says has helped her learn about herself.
“I think I’m very courageous,” Beavers said.
Next month, she’ll take her first college class, studying nursing at GTCC.
It’s a big accomplishment for Beavers who dropped out of high school when she was 16 after getting pregnant.
Beavers earned her GED in November but still wanted more.
“I knew I could go to college even if it’s not a big university,” said the single mother. “Anything to help me and my daughter better ourselves and have a better future would be great.”
“I’m very proud of myself now,” Beavers said, who starts class on Aug. 18.