Success Stories from Adult Education
Ogeechee Technical College

My name is Hosanna Boesche.

I can't wait to share my story with you. I started the process of getting my GED so I could finish school, as I had been schooled at home since pre-K. At 19, I felt that the next big step in my life was to earn my GED. When I went to Ogeechee Tech to take my TABE test and get into the Adult Education Program, I didn't know what to expect. I had never been in that kind of environment before. Any expectations I did have, however, were blown out of the water within my first week there. I loved everyone that I worked with, and the feel of the classroom was a nice one. My class was small enough that I was still able to get one on one help from my teachers when I needed it, but large enough that I didn't feel like I was being targeted. That, combined with the skill the teachers demonstrated in explaining everything we were doing made the time I spent in their classrooms most enjoyable. If I had to pinpoint one thing about my experience that helped me succeed, it was the depth of the support I got from everyone involved. Every time I went to take a post-test, my teachers encouraged me, and I never went into a test feeling like I couldn't meet my goal. Outside my family, I've never had anyone want me to succeed as much as I feel the staff at the Adult Education Center did, and that was really a defining factor for me. I can't put into words how much their support meant to me, and how it kept me going when I failed to pass one of the tests the first time through. The only word I can use to describe how it felt to pass the GED test is euphoric. I cried for a day I was so happy, and I don't think I stopped grinning for a week. I knew when I saw my scores from my final test that I had not only set a goal for myself, but that I had achieved it. That sense of accomplishment will be something that will stay with me. Now that I've gotten my GED, I intended to put into use in the work force. My ultimate goal would be to put my passion for history to use, and go to school to get the necessary credentials to work at one of Georgia's state historic sites. If I had to say anything to other people going through the Ogeechee Tech Adult Education Program, it would be to believe in yourself and to speak up in class. The teachers are amazing, but they aren't mind readers. If you are having trouble understanding what they are saying, or if something doesn't make sense, speak up. They can't help you if they don't know you need help, and there is probably someone else in the class that needs to hear it again, too. As for believing in yourself, you have to trust that by the time you go in to take the test you know that answers and how to get them. Go into the testing room with your head held high, and keep calm. You can do this, you just have to take the first step.

My name is Allen King.

I wanted to receive my GED as a personal goal, to make my family proud, and to further my education and employment opportunities. One of my main motivators was my mother, who always encourages education. This GED was important to me because education is essential to get further in life through employment and career.

I liked the Ogeechee Tech Adult Education Program because the environment was laid back and friendly, the testing area was quiet, and all the administrators did their job in a polite and cool manner. Attending class and studying are what helped me prepare and succeed in getting my GED.

Passing the test felt great and I’m happy to have acquired my GED. It has been a goal for a while now and it feels great to finally achieve it. My plans now are to find a career path that suits me and really get my life started and take care of my family.

To any students preparing for the test, I say go to class, study hard, and get plenty of rest so you can go in ready for the test and get your GED. Also, I wish everybody good luck and I hope the best for you. It’s a great feeling having a GED!

Hi, my name is Mallory Roberts.

I'm twenty years old. At nineteen, after attending classes at the Sylvania campus with Mrs. Tina Scott, studying at home, and the tremendous help and support from my family, I earned my GED on September 22nd, which happens to be my mother's birthday. This was a wonderful surprise for her, because she homeschooled me from kindergarten to graduation. I would have went straight into college, but the college I wanted to attend doesn't accept home school diplomas, which is why I had to get my GED.

I am very excited to have accomplished this goal in my life. In December of last year I enrolled at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, GA, for nursing, which has always been my childhood dream. I am currently in my 3rd semester and doing great in school. To the students who are currently studying for your GED, I encourage you to continue and finish. It may seem hard and long, but it is well worth it. I accomplished it, and so can you. I wish you all the best of luck!

My name is Kyle Stewart.

I decided to get my GED because I know it is important to have an education. I didn’t graduate from high school, I wanted to further my education, and I needed my GED to do so. Realizing that I would be able to attend college after I got my GED really motivated me.

I was nervous when I first started attending Adult Education classes at Ogeechee Tech. I didn’t know what to expect but I remember my teacher saying that he had his money on me and knew that I would do well. That helped a lot. I figured that he wouldn’t tell me that to set me up for failure. Once I started, I realized that it was something I could do.

I remember being nervous as I waited for my scores. When I found out I had passed, I had such a feeling of accomplishment. I worked hard for this and I was proud of myself. The people who helped me and believed in me were proud of me as well.

Now that I have my GED, I have no doubt that my next step in life is to attend college. Right now, I feel like the sky is the limit. I feel everybody needs to further their education. It is so important in life. With that being said, study hard and you can accomplish anything.

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Adult Education Specialist
Room 1320, Natural Resources Building
Phone: 912.871.1721

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