When a student drops out of high school, what are the costs to that student personally and to society in general? The Adult Learning Center is bringing awareness to the dropout crisis in America, especially among older adults.  On March 8 from 7-8 pm in the auditorium, the Adult Learning Center will present the first episode of the “Dropping Back In” series developed by Kentucky Educational Television (KET). The episode, “Second Chances” discusses the aftermath of dropping out.

It’s often easy to dismiss high school dropouts without taking time to understand how they arrived in that position. Discovering and attempting to understand the situations that led people to leave high school is vital to helping these adults get back to learning in the future.

My hope that this program will be inspiring for those without a diploma or equivalency and attract more tutors to the Adult Learning Center.

One of our current Adult Learning Center tutors dropped out of high school when she 17 and almost finished with school. She was pregnant and, at that time, girls were not allowed at school if they were 17 or older and pregnant. She went on to have her baby about a month later, and with an infant at home, went to Ball State to take her GED tests.

There are closer opportunities for testing now, and the state of Indiana no longer uses GED and instead uses the TASC test. What is inspiring about our tutor’s story, however, is that even with an infant at home and night shifts, she still made sure to get her equivalency since she was unable to complete high school.

If you want to learn about the repercussions of high school dropouts or want to get your equivalency, join us on March 8 and let’s start the conversation.

Molly Gore is the Adult Learning Center Coordinator. Interested in becoming a tutor or learning a new skill? Contact her at mollyg@nchcpl.lib.in.us or (765) 529-0362, ext. 1315.