Through a major donation from Mogollon Health Alliance (MHA), the Rim Country Literacy Program (RCLP) is purchasing the Stech-Vaughn GED software and textbooks for 35 students. The site location for use of the software will be the Julia Randall Elementary School computer lab.
Barbara Rodeck, president of RCLP, said that " the philosophy of our volunteer organization is to assist the student to prepare for the testing of the GED. Each student, 18 years and older, will be assigned a tutor, and those under 18 will be referred to the Payson School for Success."
Audrey Biggs, secretary of MHA, explained the organization's support for the literacy program.
"It is the goal of the Mogollon Health Alliance to assist Rim Country Literacy Program in serving the largest number of area residents who want to obtain their GED. By achieving a GED, the student should improve his or her job readiness, rise to another level of education and become a more informed and active member of the our communities," she said.
The GED education will commence as soon as the software has been purchased and tutors trained. It is estimated that the education will begin by August. All training will occur in small groups.
The mission of the Rim Country Literacy Program Inc. (an educational non-profit, all-volunteer organization), is to enable adults of all ages to fulfill their personal goals and to participate more fully in society. This mission is achieved by providing free instruction in reading, writing and speaking the English language.
Any person wishing to become a candidate for the GED training program, or any resident wanting to become a much-needed volunteer, should call Kathryn at 472-6023.