The cost of transportation and study supplies is a barrier to education for many students. 91% of our students earn less than $25,000/year and 46% earn less than $10,000. At the end of the month, when money is low, immediate family needs take priority over bus fare to school. The price of GED books prohibits or discourages many students from fully participating in their studies. Currently, the fee for students to take the GED test in the District of Columbia is $50.
For our upcoming winter term, this project will guarantee that each student has a GED book, that every student has bus fare to get to school, and five students will have access to the GED test (the average # of students ready to test per term.)
The number of employed students rises from 58% upon enrollment to 84% upon graduation. Of those who are unemployed, 83% are enrolled in college or training programs.