By Cindy Klose
9:02 PM CDT, June 14, 2011
Wichita area students who want to get their GED will have more options soon.
Goodwill Industries, which already offers adult learning classes, is teaming up with Wichita Area Technical College.
Goodwill will continue to offer English as a Second Language programs, as well as programs to help students earn a Kansas high school diploma.
GED students will have three options for study: in a classroom setting through WATC, at their own pace through Goodwill and online.
Goodwill's Director of Development and Career Services says the collaboration combines the best parts of each program.
Gayle Goetz told Eyewitness News, "we will be able to have access to computers for people who do not, WATC has a night time computer lab that students can use. And we have tutors on site all day at Goodwill, so students will be able to take advantage of best parts of both programs."
Goetz says as many as 60,000 people in the Wichita area don't have their GED.
The combined program is expected to double the number opportunities for students.
Goodwill's GED program has already made a difference for student Marquise Byrd. He says he didn't do well in a traditional classroom, but is getting work done with Goodwill's help. He says without Goodwill and a counselor's help, he probably would be a dropout. Byrd says the program saved his life.
Learn more about the program from Goodwill at 316-267-1155 or Wichita Area Technical College at 316-677-1150.
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