Adult Education Center Opens in Jones County | News
Twin sisters Donna Warren and Sonya Dunn know what it's like to get a new start. They say their journey began in 2009 when both of them lost their jobs.
"I was going to need a GED or high school diploma to get a better job," said Warren.
"I decided to come to Jones County to receive my GED," said Dunn.
Both are now students at the Jones County Adult Education Center, which is an extension of Central Georgia Technical College.
Like the students who are enrolled there, the school is getting a new start at a new location.
The new setup includes classrooms, a lab, a kitchenette, and a separate break area.
"We are going to be bringing in some vending machines where they'll have snacks here," Assistant Vice President of the program, Sallie Devero, explained.
Devero says the new spot is equipped to handle the 50-plus students who are currently taking courses. She says there are two instructors, a teaching assistant, and a few volunteers on hand each class day.
"One of our second classrooms here. We have small group breakouts," said Devero, while giving 13WMAZ a tour of the facility.
Dunn says those small groups and one-on-one chances are what motivate students in the program.
"They work with you tremendously. They make sure you understand what you're doing before you take the test and that makes you feel better," said Dunn.
Devero agrees, "Relationships are key to people feeling the love. There are so many issues that causes an adult to not have completed their education."
Warren and Dunn say they're only one course away from taking the GED test and earning their diplomas. Until then, they'll enjoy school and all of its challenges.