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INSIDERS UPDATE: GED program finds new home

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 15:27:14-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) - Two years ago, we told you about a new program offered by a pastor in Tallahassee's Griffin Heights Neighborhood.

The program provides free GED training to residents looking to find work and improve their lives.

WTXL ABC 27's Stephen Jiwanmall is in the studio with an update to this story.

How has the program grown since that report?

The program has moved out of a church into a new building called the Dreams Center and it's starting back up again to encourage more people to get their foot in the door to a better life.

What started in this church now has a home of its own. The Dreams Center -- giving residents the chance to get their GED.

We were in Griffin Heights in 2015 watching the program develop. Now, Pastor Rudolph Ferguson is considering two sessions a day.

Daija Welch says she's ready to start. At 19 years old, she's a single mother and she's determined to make the most of the program.

She says the Dreams Center has given her an opportunity to be an example in her community.

Pastor Ferguson says that's the right mindset. He said several people dropped out because they weren't ready.

Now with retired and current teachers and resources from local colleges and universities, Pastor Ferguson says the future is bright.

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the program. Orientation starts next week and Pastor Ferguson says the program will continue for as long as it needs  to make sure everyone has a chance to complete it.