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Perry County Adult Education is fortunate to receive grant funds from the United Way of Perry County. These grant funds cover or defray the cost to students to complete the TASC (formerly GED) test. While our Schergen Center students certainly benefit from and appreciate this resource, it has special value to the students we serve in the Perry County Detention Center. Why give special treatment to inmates? These inmates are our neighbors in the community and they will eventually be released. Our educational program gives them an opportunity to gain skills while incarcerated and leave as individuals ready to be citizens. Our incarcerated graduates write reflective thank you letters about their experience and their words speak clearly to the impact the United Way grant has on their opportunities to better themselves while in jail.
I have let myself down for 30 years. I have not accomplished anything. Now that I have my GED my next 30 years will be tremendously different. I plan on going to college and hope to open a small business to provide for my family with confidence.
It has given me so much hope and has really allowed me to become more confident in myself. I want to just say thank you for allowing me to h ave this opportunity to do this. I have been struggling with addiction for so long that I didn't think any of this was possible.
So many doors of opportunity have been opened to me now that I have my GED that would have remained closed otherwise. The biggest difference would be the ability to acquire not only a better job, but a career. Without your good graces, this would not be attainable. Another difference that has already occurred is a new-found confidence in myself because of my educational status.