I believe that getting the G. E. D. will be a very valuable achievement. I have been trying to get this G. E. D. for quite a long time. This is my primary goal. When I was young, I enjoyed going to school but had to work in the fields and go to school when I could. However, I had a vision and a dream inside of me that I belong in school. So, I left Mississippi when my grandfather passed, I went to Oklahoma City and on to Chicago, Il. I still live here in Illinois.
Oklahoma City: I went to school at Douglas and Central High School. I started at Douglas in the ninth grade. I did exceptionally well in carpentry, speech and voice class. I enjoyed math and reading. But what I really needed was some encouragement, which is so valuable to a boy or girl in school. I was working when I was going to school at Central High School at a restaurant near by the school. I had a opportunity to come to Chicago, I took it.
Chicago: I came here in 1964; I didn’t go back in to school. Instead I started working a full time job. I took some career classes; I went to SAUK Area Career Center trade school and took up carpentry. I attended Prairie State College and took some electrician courses. I even went Moody Bible College. But I still wasn’t able to get my G.E.D.
After losing my job, I was forced into early retirement. I worked here in Chicago Heights, for twenty-three years. Also, I have worked at several jobs since then. One day, I was passing by Prairie State. I got an unction to go in there and check on the G. E. D. classes. I hadn’t discussed it with anyone. I just did it. So I enrolled in the fall classes. MY educational experience started in Mississippi, took me to Oklahoma City and on to Chicago IL. I still have a burning desire to get this G. E. D. and to continue to advance my education, perhaps getting a new job as well.