Hello, my name is Crystal Dozier an I am the 2019 Eagle Delegate for Columbus Technical College (CTC). The Adult Education Program has made a tremendous impact on my life by providing me with a second chance to complete my Ged. I never thought that I would be mentoring to others in the midst of my life-changing experience. so, I would like to talk about how the Adult Education Program impacts the life within our community so people will no that no age is too old when it comes to better yourself as an individual.
I am a native in Columbus Georgia raised by a single parent (my mother) from the age of 5 until 17 years of age. my life was steady until I become a teen mom. I begin to experience hard times in several areas in my life while suffering from anxiety and depression. which lead me to quit school. At this point, I knew I had sacrificed my education. as time passed I begin to think about how I would provide for my family financially. so, I begin working jobs that only paid minim wage and did not require a High School Diploma or Ged (General Education Development). which, later became more depressing to me. I am now married with children who I would like to mentor the importance of a high school diploma or Ged. I always asked myself how can I set an example if I don’t have one myself. so, I decided to make a change in my life.
I begin looking for resources in the community and read online that Columbus Technical College had an Adult Education Program, that provided three different class schedules, which are beneficial for the community. The college has teachers to help you prepare for your GED with numerous skills to guide you along the way. Vouchers to go towards your GED practice test and the actual GED test. I knew this would be a life-changing opportunity for me.
Now I have started the Adult Education Program it has been more than just a place for me to go study my Ged. It’s like a support system I never had. I’m just thankful for my Instructor and transitional coach for providing me with Ged ready skills, encouraging words, in-depth motivation, presentations or topics to keep my focus. The classroom has such a positive impact. I begin to open up to my peers and help them with things that they may be struggling with. For example, resumes and job search. I even got one of my peers hired at a previous company I use to work for.
After completing my GED, I plan to start college to pursue a degree in Business Management and one day open an outreach center for risk teen within my community. while continuing to inspire others the importance of a high school diploma or Ged. If I can help our youth be great I will. The joy of motivational leadership is my passion and I will continue to help others because I once needed someone to encourage and help me finish school. Our youth is our future. If we won’t do it who will.