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The goal of this grant is to ensure that all of our students ages 16 and older, who have severe low-income status, have the opportunity to take an official GED® test when they have achieved a GED Ready score to test. The GED® exam comprises four subject-area tests– Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematical Reasoning.

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ACH-"Dreams Do Come True with Financial Help by Lifting Students' Confidence in GED Testing & Financial Literacy"

School:
Tomlinson Adult Learning Center 
Subject:
Mathematics 
Teacher:
Victoire Heintz 
Students Impacted:
35 
Grade:
Adult Ed. 
Date:
September 6, 2018

0% Funded

 

 

Only $992.00 Needed

 

 

Goal

The goal of this grant is to ensure that all of our students ages 16 and older, who have severe low-income status, have the opportunity to take an official GED® test when they have achieved a GED Ready score to test. The GED® exam comprises four subject-area tests– Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematical Reasoning. 

 

What will be done with my students

The GED® exam is a critical step in our students’ path to self-sufficiency. I would only utilize funds for dedicated students who are adequately prepared for the test(s) but have no sources of funding. Our school serves the lowest socio-economic status population in Pinellas County. Although we partner with nearly 30 agencies, we still have students who are living in extreme poverty and do not qualify for help from our local agencies. Students who need financial assistance must complete and show proficiency in bridging the gap between what students learn in our traditional math class and what they need for work and life. A financial literacy component is embedded in our curriculum to assist students in managing and budgeting their money which includes the following: develop personal financial literacy, learn important money management skills, and practice real-life problem solving.  

 

Benefits to my students

Many of my students have dropped out of class because they cannot afford to take the GED test. Some students take care of family and are severely strapped for money. By providing exam vouchers to my students with the greatest need, I am ensuring that they have the opportunity to pass the test, raise their socio-economic status, and become productive members of our community. Additionally, GED® graduates have a positive lasting effect on generations that follow them. Our goal is to break the cycle of unemployment and underemployment in our community. As a result of being awarded this grant last year, Tomlinson impacted 35 students in the GED® classroom. Several of the students who were helped financially will be attending the Countywide Graduation Ceremony at Mahaffey Theater on September 13, 2018. Two of my graduates have enrolled into college and are continuing their educational journey-all with big smiles on their faces.

Besides seeing my students mature as they make educational successes, my benefit is that I am able to attend the Boxcar Rally and the County Graduation. 

 

Describe the Students

The majority of my students are between the ages of 16 and 40. Many students are unemployed, homeless, living in shelters, and/or single parents. I also have some students who have aged out of the foster care system and have no family on whom to rely. This past year I have had an increase in foreign students from Africa, Haiti, and Honduras. These students are seeking a better life. They have very little resources or income, but their devoutness to their studies warms my heart every day. 

 

Budget Narrative

GED testing vouchers will be purchased through the Pearson VUE Voucher Store. The grant will inform me as to how to use funds for the purchase of these vouchers. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 25 GED® single subject exam voucher $800.00
2 16 GED® single subject re-test vouchers $192.00
  Total: $992.00

0% Funded

 

 

Only $992.00 Needed

 

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