Fresno students upset at end of adult education program

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Some Fresno Students pursuing their GED or General Educational Development are upset after learning their program is ending. (KFSN)

Some Fresno Students pursuing their GED or General Educational Development are upset after learning their program is ending.

Now they say they're caught at crossroads as they try to improve their lives.

Students enrolled in Reading and Beyond's Pathway to Success program are getting closer to reaching their long-term goals of getting a GED.

Recently, they found out they'll be some of the last students in the class.

I thought 'oh no,' because I like the small groups," student Sarah Castaneda explained. "And I like that I can ask all the questions that I want"

The program is ending after a grant ran its course.

It has been funded by Fresno County for those who are receiving county assistance.

"It is sad because this is a program that is tailored and individualized to hep each one of the students to make sure they have acquired the skills they need to pass the GED," program director Luis Santana said. "As a result, we've had so many that have been successful."

More than 200 students have participated in the three-year run.

Organizers say people can enroll at Fresno or Clovis adult schools, but affected students say it's not the same.

"Now that I'm back up I feel like everything is being snatched," student Treyvonna Samuels said.

Samuels says this program has given her the tools she needed to learn, but she says the end of the program will affect others.

"There's actually people out there that want to further their life," she said. "The county wants us to get off of government assistance, but they're taking away from us to get up off of government assistance."

Officials say because of the cut, teachers will work in other departments, but it's possible one or two could lose their positions.

Instructors say there's about 70 people who've yet to take their exams.

Organizers say even without the Pathway to Success program, they hope these students will continue to pursue their higher education.
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