We like to think of them as our very own “Tenacious Ten,” the ten women from the greater Healdsburg area who earlier this year became the first students to achieve General Educational Development (GED) certificates through a new program from Corazón Healdsburg.
The program, formally named Corazon’s High School Equivalency preparation class, began in January, 2018.
The women come from different backgrounds but have one thing in common: A desire to improve their lives with better jobs and education.
The GED program is part of Corazón’s Adult Education offerings designed to increase English fluency and educational attainment. These initiatives honor Corazon’s mission to bridge the racial and economic divide in Healdsburg by fostering education from kinder-to-college. Corazón believes education is a vital component in breaking cycles of poverty and improving quality of life.
We continue to offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at night for working adults and during the day for parents while children are at school.
The GED program—also taught in Spanish—is a partnership with Santa Rosa Junior College. SRJC provides the instructors and facilitates exams. Self-paced classes are held at Healdsburg Community Center, which also happens to be the headquarters for Corazón.
To ensure success for all students, Corazón provides at no cost a safe, calm place to study, free childcare and financial assistance. The nonprofit’s preschool curriculum introduces children of GED students to their own education, where they also learn key early literacy skills and participate in art, music and science projects, while their mothers are studying for their GED.
In many cases, participants in the GED program also take part in Corazon’s Moms-to-Moms program, which prepares expectant mothers for parenthood while creating community with other moms.
Overall, GED tests have opened doors nationwide to better jobs and college study for more than 20 million graduates since 1942. With comprehensive testing on math, science, social studies and language arts, GED certificates are accepted by most U.S. colleges and employers.
As of the end of the spring semester, Corazón had over 140 adults participating in adult education classes overall. For more information about classes, to fund the program, or to enroll, please call the Corazón office at 707-395-0938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.