“At Phoenix House Citra Center, obtaining a GED is often a major step toward long-term success in recovery,” said Charles Birch, Program Director, Citra Center.
Upon entry, every client who does not have a high school diploma or its equivalent is required to take an evaluation test. If they pass the test, they have the opportunity to take the GED. If they do not pass at that point, they enroll in GED classes on campus. For some clients who have never finished high school—or, in some cases, even middle school—this is the opportunity to better themselves by pursuing their education while they also build self-confidence and self-esteem. Having their GED gives them a leg-up in the job market. With these new tools, our clients are better equipped to re-enter the community and reclaim their lives.