Former Amish Community Member Earns G.E.D.

By Jonathan Cooper |

Published 06/29 2014 11:16PM

Updated 06/29 2014 11:35PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Graduating from a public high school is a part of life for many, but for those in the Amish community their educational journey can be a little different.

"I had an 8th grade education and then three and a half years of theology school," said Jacob Yoder who grew up in an Amish community. "When I was 13, mom and dad moved to Missouri."

But after the move, Yoder was not able to graduate from high school.
So after losing his job and watching his brothers earn theirs, Yoder decided to get his G.E.D.

"Going through the Amish schools, I never went further in education," he said.

Betty Wymore is the Director of Adult Education for the St. Joseph School District and watched Yoder go through the program.

"One of the reasons Mr. Yoder was able to succeed was he had an intrinsic motivation," Wymore said. "It was within him to do it. You have to have that, if you're not ready to do that, then you're not ready to start."

Last Saturday, Yoder's hard work came to fruition as he, and nearly 40 others, earned a high school education.
At the ceremony, the school shared Yoder's story with the hundreds of people in attendance by playing a video where he shared this message.

"Even if you don't further your education past your GED it is worth it," he said. "Next year it's going to be harder, why, because you're going to be one year older."

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