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A new partnership between SOWELA and the SWLA Literacy Council will offer a program for adults to get back in school and earn their GED, while at the same time receive college credits.

Executive Director of the SWLA Literacy Council Tommeka Semien said the program will help students improve their reading, writing and math skills to meet the entry level "benchmarks."

"We're going to help them work toward earning their GED and also improve their skills to be successful students in general," Semien said.

She said the program already seems to be of interest to folks in SWLA.

"Today we had an interview and this morning we had nine phone calls," Semien said. "So far we have 20 people who are interested and we only have 30 spots."

According to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, more than 600,000 adults in Louisiana don't have their high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma, and close to 25-percent of that statistic is in SWLA.

Vice Chancellor of SOWELA Rick Bateman said this number needs to change and many students in the GED program understand that post secondary education is essential in today's workforce.

"A majority of the jobs that need to be filled in the next 10 years will require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four year degree. So we're ideally situated here at SOWELA to meet those needs and by partnering with the Literacy Council, we're going to be able to serve a population of adults that we haven't been able to reach," Bateman said.

The program will allow students to enroll into two courses and receive up to five hours of credit at SOWELA, and earn their GED. Classes begin January 11, 2012 and will be held in the evenings. For more information, call the SWLA Literacy Council at (337)494-7000.

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