Adult Education

Celebrating our graduates

GED graduates listen to speeches given during the graduation ceremony. On Thursday, March 7th, family and friends gathered in Buncombe Street United Methodist Church while the graduates of the Adult Education GED program prepared for the evening. Students from the Beta Club at Eastside High School provided snacks and assisted guests during the wait. Graduates,…
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The Intern Experience

Katherine Armstrong (left) and Rachel Lawrence interned with UM this summer. As interns at United Ministries, we have spent our summer making our way through the different programs offered at UM, and while we came into this summer with expectations of what we might learn, we have also been taken by surprise. We have always…
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Strength and Determination

Janey House, Academic Counselor, Adult Education Our students come to us with their own individual stories.  They have their own struggles, fears of failure, challenges, goals, and personalities.  They bring themselves to our GED program here at United Ministries, and they enrich our program with their enthusiasm, work ethic, and determination.  Kaylee, who just completed…
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Student’s Determination Pays Off

Mary Allen Murphy, Academic Counselor So often we see that the realities and stresses of life – transportation issues, long work hours, bills to pay, raising children, health issues – interfere with or briefly interrupt a student’s progress in the Adult Education program.  Terence was one of those students who enrolled in the GED program…
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GED Graduate Finds Vocation in Metallurgy

I first met Steve Jant when he joined our GED program in 2009.  The GED was a huge challenge for him, and he studied on and off with us for four full years.  After he graduated in 2013, he went to Greenville Technical College, where he struggled with introductory college level work. Steve stopped by…
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GED Graduate Returns to Share Success

We’re always so delighted in the GED program when our graduates come back to tell us how happy and successful they are in their lives. That’s certainly the way we felt when Raydale McJunkin, a 2006 graduate, surprised us when he came in to tell us about his life after graduation. Ten years is a…
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My Mom Goes to Science School

“My mom goes to science school!” Elvia overhears her six year old son proudly telling his friends. Elvia chuckles to herself, not bothering to correct him that she is really just studying for her GED through the United Ministries’ Adult Education program. As a wife and mother of three young children, Elvia has a busy…
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Life Lessons

Bob Dillon is a star volunteer at United Ministries, helping out in the Employment Readiness, Learning Center, and GED Programs. Over the last three years, Bob has forged relationships with United Ministries participants, allowing them to become more comfortable in the programs and also improve their life skills. Bob joined the Employment Readiness team in…
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Using Past Struggles to Help Others

Jennifer Tidwell knows first-hand how difficult it is to recover from addiction, and she’s bound and determined to use her past struggles to help others. Jennifer came to United Ministries’ GED program from Renewal, Miracle Hill’s addiction recovery program for women. She’s worked relentlessly to change her life, working at a fast food restaurant, volunteering,…
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