There are several reasons why someone may not graduate from traditional high school.

Family emergencies, financial hurdles, and pregnancies at a young age all come to mind. Also, young people don't always make the best decisions for their future, and that's okay, we all did that to some degree.

Ultimately, the "fault" doesn't matter, what matters is the opportunity to overcome that setback (if it even is a setback for that individual).


Obtaining a GED is a great alternative to a traditional high school degree. It can open up many job opportunities and most employers don't see that much of a difference between the two for entry-level positions.

If you want to get your GED, Lubbock-Cooper offers a free opportunity to do so. Both materials and the curriculum are free of charge.

Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at New Hope Academy, located at 12011 Kenosha Avenue beginning on Tuesday, July 9th.

If you want to take advantage of this opportunity, fill out this form online. You must be an adult 21 years or older. The form is simple and quick to fill out.

The General Educational Development (GED) test proves the individual has high-school equivalent skills in language arts, math, social studies, and science.

The GED has a fascinating history. It was originally developed in 1942, "to provide returning WW2 soldiers, who had enlisted before completing their education, a chance to fulfill their educational prerequisites for the future."

If, after you obtain your GED, you want to go even further in your educational career, you can enroll at Lubbock's South Plains College for a wide variety of programs from high-value trades to traditional academics.  A GED does not prevent you from obtaining a higher education, but no degree or GED does.

If you take this step towards improving your future, I want to be the first to congratulate you on your future success.

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