The Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools has awarded the Monroe County Schools Adult Education program a grant of $846 to support its High School Equivalency Bootcamps between November 21, 2019 and August 1, 2020.
The awards will be used to cover the high school equivalency testing fees for 6 students and the purchase of 20 graduation robes.
The High School Equivalency Bootcamp is a three-day intenstive class for adult preparing for the high school equivalency tests. Participants must be 16 years of age or older who left high school before graduation and are qualified on the basis of a pre-test in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Adult Education teacher Sheila Butler wrote the successful grant proposal and teaches the HSE Bootcamps.
Since starting the high school equivalency bootcamps this past January, MCCSC Adult Education has run 6 such classes. Forty-seven adults have participated, and 40 of them earned the Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma.
"That's an 85% success rate so far," adult education director Robert Moore commented. "We're very pleased with that result."
"But," Moore added, "we know there are adults in our community who would like to participate but cannot afford the high school equivalency test fee. This award from the FMCCS will remove that barrier for six adults so they can earn their high school diplomas and move on to career training and employment, which will increase their financial sustainability."
The next High School Equivalency Bootcamp is slated for January 23-25, 2020, with the qualifying pre-test offered on January 18. To sign up, call (812) 330-7731.