Drop-Out Recovery Academy honors GED graduates

by Darin Allred | Dec 17, 2012 <p> </p>

GAINESVILLE, TX - The Drop-Out Recovery Academy at North Central Texas College recognized 23 GED candidates at a special ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The academy gives non-high school graduates the opportunity to earn a GED and begin the process of obtaining employable skills. It is funded by a Texas Education Agency grant and is offered at NCTC's Corinth and Gainesville campuses as well as at both Bowie and Aubrey high schools.

GED candidates honored at the ceremony included Dylan Alfonso, Jonathan Andolina, Cameron Bradley, April Sikes-Brown, Fernando Cabrera, Yaritza Castorena, Ryan Chaney, Jessica Conine, David Gates, Desiree, Gatlin, Mayra Gurerra, Angel Jasso, Brittany Manning, Dalton Martel, Randy Minnick, Von Moore, Kaylee Morgan, Katherine Paul, Cody Pederson, Tyler Peters, Lillie Stockwell, Veronica Varner and Colten Wooten.

According to Djuna Forrester, NCTC dean of lifelong learning, the GED Academy is open to persons age 18-25 who either dropped out of a Texas public high school or were signed out to be home-schooled but never completed studies.

"And best of all, it's free to qualified participants," Forrester said. "The grant covers all fees for the GED exam prep, books and testing.

"In addition, individuals obtaining their GED may also receive scholarships to enroll in credit courses to get specialized education and job training, possibly even a two-year associate degree."

Forrester said academy participants also receive a variety of support services, including GED preparation courses and tutoring, to assist them in reaching their educational and career goals.

Also included is a special course designed to help academy participants build reading, writing, organizational and study skills so they will be better prepared for college-level courses.

For information, contact Djuna Forrester at 940-668-4272 or by email at