Feb 27, 2013 8:24 AM by Kristen Holloway
Goodwill of Acadiana makes it possible for students to get their GED. The program was halted a few years ago but is now back thanks to the community's support. The Cajun Comic Relief is an annual fundraiser put on by Goodwill to provide additional services like the GED program. That program ultimately helps students get ahead.
"My teacher is very awesome, she cares about her students and It's good to actual have a teacher that cares about you," said GED Student Chris Thibodeaux.
Chris Thibodeaux is one out of 12 students taking advantage of the improved GED program offered by Goodwill. He's been in the program 6 months and plans to take the GED test Monday. Thibodeaux says he's extremely excited to move forward.
"I would like to go to Culinary Arts to be a chief or something like having to do with CSI cause I'm really interested in CSI shows," said Thibodeaux.
The GED program is open to residents in Acadiana, with classroom instruction two days a week and tutoring on Mondays. The length of the program is based on a students placement and performance.
"It's really individualized for what they need to reach their goals. They're really in small groups based on levels and it really informal one on one type of instruction. A lot of people that come into our program have been given up on so we always give them that second chance," said Goodwill Director of Services Robin Vidrine.
Robin says her goal is for classroom instruction to be offered in others cities besides Lafayette.
"There's a lot of changing coming up in 2014 for GED in general. The test itself will be changing so I'm kind of waiting to see what happens with those changes before moving to St. Landry Parish," said Vidrine.
If you would like to enter the GED program, you can call the Goodwill Job Connection Center at 337-769-7650.
Also if you want tickets for Cajun Comic Relief, they are available at Ticket Master or at the Heymann Center. There at two shows on Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.