NORTH CREEK - The North Country Outreach Center announced this week that they will soon offer General Education Development (GED) classes and an adult literacy program for community members.
The new programs are scheduled to begin at the Outreach Center in North Creek on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 pm.
The Outreach Center was once the host to a Board Of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) program that provided educational options for local residents. The program recently ended after only three years of service.
"State funding cuts made it impossible for the program to continue on with the model that had worked so well for area students," said programming director Andi McKee. "But the need is persistent and growing, and we were committed to finding a solution that would not rely on government funding."
The waiting list for a GED program at the Outreach Center has grow to over 20 students since the close of the BOCES program. Educational programs at the Outreach Center have been both popular and successful in the past, according to president Judy Brown.
"Many factors had to come together to re-instate these popular adult education initiatives," she said. "We are thrilled at the program we've been able to put together with the help of so many committed volunteers."
Rich Morse and Sue Allison will oversee the GED classes, which will rely on the participation of dedicated volunteers and will be independent of state funding.
Brown is confident that the new model will meet the special requirements of North Country residents.
Those interested in volunteering or enrolling should contact the Outreach Center at 251-3481.