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July 23, 2011

Cherokee Nation offers GED classes in county

CLAREMORE — The keys to self-sufficiency through education may be waiting for you just down the road. Cherokee Nation regularly holds General Equivalency Diploma classes in Rogers County for Cherokee citizens who would like to further their education.

Classes are held in Claremore on Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cherokee Nation Career Services, 23205 S. Highway 66.

“The Adult Education Program offers day and night classes that provide participants with individualized instruction, free classroom materials and assistance with GED testing fees,” said George Roach, Cherokee Nation Career Services Literacy Center manager. 

Since 2006 Cherokee Nation Career Services has assisted more than 1,300 people obtain their GED.  Career Services offers an adult education program that emphasizes a flexible entry and open instructional design, allowing students to enroll and begin instruction at anytime. Students study at their own pace and receive individualized and whole group instruction.

Roach says Harold Baldridge is living proof that the program works and whether you are 16 or closer to 60 it is never too late to attain your GED and become self-sufficient. The 57-year-old Tahlequah native had always dreamed of getting his GED, but after several failed attempts he turned to Cherokee Nation for help. Baldridge started his path to self-sufficiency with a preliminary exam, which helped define his strengths and weaknesses. From there he became a frequent visitor to the tribe’s literacy center where he checked out books to study, sought advice and assistance from counselors and practiced in the computer lab. One year later Baldridge saw his dream turn into reality as he achieved his GED and he says that he feels anyone who is motivated and interested should give the classes a try.

“You’ve got to want to, you’ve got to have a desire to,” said Baldridge. “I have my GED now; on your resume that’s one of the first things they look for—high school diploma or GED. I realized how important it is to have it and I’m glad I finally went through and did it, even at my age.”

Upon completion of the program participants receive a high school diploma from the State of Oklahoma.

For more information about Cherokee Nation Career Services or GED classes in the Rogers County area please contact Anna Christie at 918-342-7450.

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