• December 20, 2017

MINNPOST

Ibrahim Hirsi | November 15, 2017

A high school diploma is often a requisite for a decent job, let alone one that can provide a middle-class lifestyle. And yet the Twin Cities is currently home to an estimated 100,000 adults who don’t have a high school diploma or a GED. For the most part, that means those people will struggle not only to get a job; it means they can’t even participate in certain employment training programs to improve their career prospects.

To make it easier for people willing to attain marketable employment skills, Summit Academy OIC — a community-based vocational school in north Minneapolis — has launched the “1,000 GED Campaign,” a 10-week high school diploma equivalency program. The initiative, which is tailored to get participants to earn certificates in the construction and healthcare industries, is meant to graduate 1,000 people in the next two years.

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