With the Help of Bridges of Hope, the Renaissance Adult Education Getting Ahead class graduated it’s third class recently. The class is geared at finding, creating and utilizing resources in the community to help people get out of poverty.
“It is intended for those who are struggling with identifying adequate financial, mental/emotional, or social resources in the community to make ends meet,” teacher Charlie Wynne, said.
The class has had a lot of success. Eighty percent of the students who were in need of a GED or diploma went on to earn it. Other graduates have also gone on to attend college.
Bridges of Hope is a anti-poverty non-profit that seeks to help community members who are at or near poverty level to turn the tables and get ahead in life.
In addition to partnering in this class, Bridges of Hope has also gotten to enjoy some of the success stories as one Getting Ahead graduate who was once homeless is now a housing adviser and another is on their board.
The next Getting Ahead class will be offered during the third trimester. As a continuation piece, Wynne said there is a follow-up class called Staying Ahead where graduates can network and work together to further their goals.