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Our View: Worthy cause

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Kudos Chiefland City Commissioners.
Bet they never imagined they'd see that in this space, but it's certainly warranted after commissioners went to bat for one of the best programs in the city.
Commissioners voted unanimously to waive a $180 rental fee normally charged for use of the Tommy Usher Pineland Center for the College of Central Florida Levy Center to have its GED graduation.
We think that was a brilliant move and hope the commissioners will waive the fee every time there's a GED graduation until the CF Levy Center builds its campus.
The rapid growth of the GED program has resulted in the conference center at the Sav-A-Lot campus (what students fondly called the CF Levy Center that shares a parking area with the food store) being too small to house the graduation ceremonies.
The college has grown by a third in summer classes alone with 111 students and has between 600-650 graduate the program each year. Many are GED graduates. The program is not just for high school-aged kids who have dropped out of school. There was a 50-year-old graduate in the past year who was laid off from her job and decided to improve her skill set by getting a GED.
We'd also love to see the commissioners take part in the GED ceremony. Those enrolled in the classes have worked extremely hard to pass classes no one has forced them to attend. They want to be better citizens. They want to contribute to the community, and we hope many end up being employed right here in Chiefland.
It was an honorable thing for the commissioners to do, and we hope they remember to do the right thing the next time this item is on their agenda as the GED program has its ceremonies every three months.
The CF Levy Center had $14.8 million in funds to build a new campus vetoed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist last year. Current Gov. Rick Scott has $4.8 million earmarked for the CF Levy Center on his current legislative appropriation, which he could veto as well. That's for the first phase of construction of the new CF Levy Center, which would allow them to move from their current digs next to the Sav-A-Lot and one day hold its GED graduation on its own campus.
We encourage our readers to also go to bat for the CF Levy Center and its GED program by writing, emailing and/or calling Gov. Scott at 850-488-7146.