The Herald’s Jan. 23 story about low-wage earners and the barriers they face in bettering themselves details very well the challenges some people face in trying to improve their lives. But why was there no mention of the Durango Adult Education Center? This community resource helps many get the education they need to better succeed.
Yes, it takes time and effort to study for the GED test. And the GED tests are not easy, but there are classes during the day and tutoring from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, both available for a $20 semester fee. There are practice tests free of charge. There is free child care available. There are scholarships available to pay for the actual GED tests, which have a fee of $30 for each of the five exams.
The Durango Adult Education Center also has English courses for non-native speakers.
I know that passing the GED tests is still not easy, and for many, takes a lot of effort and motivation, but I hope the people in the depressing situations cited in the story know that some help is available. And I hope that people in the community are also aware of the help.