Steve is a young man who recently came to Bluffton, South Carolina from Michigan. Steve came to the area seeking better job opportunities, a fresh start, and nicer weather. While Steve liked the area, he found locating a good job difficult because he did not have a high school diploma or GED.
When Steve was going through high school in Michigan he encountered health-related issues that made it impossible to go to school in person. Despite his health issues, Steve wanted to continue his education and utilized an online school for two years while struggling with his health. Unfortunately for Steve, the online school he had been using got discredited, leaving Steve without a diploma and not sure how to get one. Although Steve was discouraged, he never lost sight of wanting to get that diploma. Steve eventually conquered his health challenges and made his way to the Lowcountry. While struggling with job searching in Bluffton, Steve learned of the educational opportunities available through Bluffton Self Help, including the GED Preparation Course.
Steve was interested in our program but had a personal goal of completing his GED by passing in three months, an accelerated pace than the traditional 16-week GED Prep Course. Steve met with our Sheridan Park Learning and Literacy Center Manager, Abby, to develop a personalized path forward to reach his goals. Steve was able to utilize a series of educational materials and resources through Bluffton Self Help, allowing him to study in the Learning & Literacy Centers & at home. Steve was an exceptionally dedicated learner who worked hard to reach his goals.
We are happy to say that Steve successfully passed all four subject tests (English, Math, Social Studies, and Science) in a three month time span and has now earned his GED. Steve looks forward to inspiring other neighbors working towards their GED and seeing what doors will be opened for him now that he has reached this incredible milestone. Congratulations, Steve!
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