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Our View: We should be proud of GED program

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 It's a shame they don't hold the General Education Diploma commencement in a more public place than the conference room at the College of Central Florida's Levy Center.

Chiefland High School's annual June graduation  program is held at the football stadium so that the community can turn out and laud the achievements of graduates.

For those in the GED program it has been a longer and winding road to graduation. 

Personal troubles, family problems, the need to hold a job instead of getting an education, pregnancy and an inability to fit into a one-size-fits-all education program can cause a young person to give up on the traditional diploma. 

But eventually each person on their own, not because a parent is nagging them every morning, makes their way back to the classroom.

For many it's the challenge of squeezing classes and study in between raising children, holding down a full time job and maintaining a marriage.

And the classes are not just for the young who can no longer stand a particular math or Spanish teacher who opt for the battery of tests.

There are grandmas and fathers with teenagers.

They come because one thing is clear: A person who earns a high school diploma has a better chance of earning money and studies have shown that their children, seeing the example set by the parents are more likely to earn a diploma.

Levy County benefits from having an educated workforce capable of earning more money.

The folks at the Levy Center are talking about moving to a bigger location. 

They should and the community should turn out to cheer on these graduates.