“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 life caring for her family, helping with the PTA at her son’s school, attending church, and studying for her GED. As a teenager, she had to drop out of high school to help her mom care for her seven brothers and sisters. Now she wants to be a good role model for her children and declares that “Dropping out is not an option for my kids!”

As she studies for her GED, Elvia knows it will open many doors for herself and her family. She hopes a GED will help her get a job in the medical field to supplement her husband’s income and ease the financial pressure on her family. She has already obtained her silver WorkKeys® certificate which is required by many health care employers, including Greenville Health System. Now she is focusing all her attention on the GED. She has already passed two of the four subjects on the GED. Although math is the hardest subject for her, she knows she can conquer it with the help of United Ministries’ staff and tutors!

Hannah Thompson, Adult Education Assistant Program Manager

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