TC students earn GED alongside certifications as part of Accelerate Texas Innovative Grant

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Six Accelerate Texas Innovative Grant students recently received certificates in Automotive Light Duty Service Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Welding, which they earned while simultaneously working toward a GED.

Texarkana College, in partnership with the Texarkana ISD Adult Education Program, provides an Accelerate Texas Innovative Grant for 2013-2015 to increase participation and success of GED seekers in workforce training programs. Funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), TC received $325,000 to support the program. The grant is for two years and will incorporate the recruitment of 200 students, 60% who need of a GED and 40% of students with a high school diploma or GED.

The format is based on the I-BEST Model originating in Washington State. It is designed to provide educational access and support for adult educational pathways. I-BEST pairs GED/ESL learners and technical instructors in the professional –technical skills. The Accelerate Texas Innovative Grant Program will begin a new cohort on April 15th. Anyone interested in gaining more knowledge or applying for the program may contact Katie Jewell, Innovative Grant Coordinator, at 903-823-3085.