On June 14, 2012, two clients from Phoenix House Citra Center were honored at the Adult Education General Education Development (GED) Graduation at the Vocational Technical Center in Ocala, Florida. Allycia and Amberly, along with 30 others, received their high school diplomas on stage with families and friends cheering in the audience.
At Phoenix House Citra, every client without a high school diploma or its equilavent is required to take an evaluation test. If they pass the test, they have the opportunity to take the GED test. If they do not pass this test, they are able to enroll in GED classes on campus. The Florida Department of Education offers a range of instructional programs that help adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens The major program areas are Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Adult Secondary Education (ASE). Students enrolled in ASE can earn a high school diploma or its equivalent by successfully passing the GED tests. This is an opportunity for clients to better themselves by pursuing their education while they also build self-confidence and self-esteem. With these new tools, clients are better equipped to re-enter the community, reclaim their lives, and have a better chance of gainful employment.
Many other clients from the Phoenix House Florida programs are actively pursuing their diplomas, and Phoenix House looks forward to the continued success of this program.
Congratulations, Allycia and Amberly!