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Local tech center to provide GED, English learner classes

Plans are in place for the Great Plains Technology Center to begin offering adult basic education courses for General Equivalency Diplomas (GEDs) and English-Language Learner (ELL) classes.

Mike Newell, director of the School of Career Opportunities and Real Education (SCORE) dropout recovery program at GPTC gave a report to the career tech's board of education during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The Oklahoma Department of Education decided earlier this year to transfer responsibility for GED and ELL classes to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. The adult basic education classes statewide had previously been offered through public school districts. Locally, the Lawton Public Schools have given over responsibility for adult education to GPTC.

Newell said GPTC has been approved for a federal grant totaling $188,000 and a state grant in the amount of $10,700 to fund adult basic education services at Great Plains.

Newell said he hopes to have both GED and ELL classes running by the end of the year.

He said the program will hire two full-time workers, and several classes that were taught by part-time instructors.

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