Even if it's been 20 years since you were last in a classroom, it's not too late to go back. The St. Joseph School District provides classes to help you pursue a higher education.
More than two dozen adults are heading back to class this week at the Webster Learning Center.
"Lots of them are wanting that high school equivalency. That is the ultimate thing. It now costs around 95 dollars. That is the only cost that they will ever incur. We are free of charge. We even provide paper and pencils and stuff for them," said Betty Wymore, the Adult Education Director for the St. Joseph School District.
The St. Joseph School District provides the free adult education classes to anyone over 17 who wants to finish what they started. No matter how long it's been, it's never to late to get back in the classroom.
Janeese Martin is taking steps to complete her High School Equivalency exams after being out for eight years.
"Family and friends kept telling me I was smarter than what I was. I was always down played myself. I thought it was hard. School was hard for me so I thought the GED, the HSE, would be hard too and it's not at all. It's way easier than what I thought."
The classes are structured to improve six different areas of proficiency.
"Social studies, science, reading, and language arts with a writing essay. There is still an essay on it and then math," added Wymore.
With the right state of mind, Wymore said success can be achieved.
"I know they can do it and I just want to tell them you can do it. You just need to set your mind to do it and set the time to come and do it every day."
And students realize how important attaining high school education can be.
"It's not hard at all. You know what I'm saying. For your sake and your family's sake, come get it," said Martin.
If you were not able to register for this orientation, there are more opportunities throughout the year.
For more details about enrollment schedules you can call Webster Learning Center at 816-671-4020.