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April 19, 2013

GED program coming for city and CSH workers

MILLEDGEVILLE — This week’s Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority (CSHLRA) meeting opened with positive news for City of Milledgeville and Central State employees. Work release programs for GED training through the Communities In Schools Milledgeville-Baldwin County and Central Georgia Technical College umbrella could help hundreds by increasing adult workforce literacy.

Georgia Military College President Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Peter J. Boylan responded quickly to an inquiry by City Public Works Director Frank Baugh. A number of Baugh’s employees, while great workers, lacked high school or equivalent GED diplomas.

Several city employees began adult education this week. City Manager Barry Jarrett supports the GED services at CGTC for other departments as well, according to Baugh.

While exploring the city’s adult literacy, Boylan found out the need for the soon to be jobless caregivers at CSH. Providing displaced workers educational opportunities makes the area more attractive.

“The problem is that many of the people who are great caregivers do not possess a high school diploma or GED. While they are excellent caregivers, nonetheless if you are a private developer setting up group homes, you want to have people you can be assured are literate. Bottom line, we are losing an opportunity here if these current caregivers are not provided with the opportunity to obtain a GED,” Boylan said Wednesday.

CGTC President Dr. Ivan Allen agreed to fund a similar work release program for Central State Hospital. Of 158 non-high school grads surveyed, 47 said they would participate.

“I think it will grow once they realize this is an opportunity,” CSHLRA Executive Director Mike Couch said.

Hank Griffeth, vice president of satellite operations at CGTC, said the institution is committed to offering the adult literacy services.

“We are excited about it. The commitment has been made,” Griffeth said. “It will be done here on site.”

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