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


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.