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Three reasons you should go back to school (as an adult) this fall

Going back to school is a big decision, especially as an adult. Your family, current job and other responsibilities may seem more important than continuing your education. However, obtaining your HiSET (also called GED) can grant you access to meaningful careers and opportunities that better support you and your family. It’s never too late to go back to school! Keep reading to learn more about why you should consider going back to school this fall.

1. Career change and advancement
Are you looking for a new job or wanting to start a career? Obtaining a high school equivalency diploma opens the door to various career opportunities that are not available to people without a high school diploma. In HopeWorks’ Adult Education program, for example, students receive free trade or technical training and can even work towards a college degree.

2. Increase income
Even though job and career are used interchangeably, these two words have different meanings. A job is work that provides an hourly wage and doesn’t traditionally provide outside benefits (like health insurance) or opportunities for promotions. A career, on the other hand, is a long-term path with outlined milestones to advance in the industry or field. A career also comes with higher income potential and an increased likelihood of benefits such as health, dental and vision insurance and paid time off. Working your way from a job to a career is an essential step in obtaining meaningful employment to provide for yourself and your family.

3. Gain confidence and set an example
Obtaining your HiSET is a big accomplishment! The process is not easy, and it will require hard work and effort. But your determination and willingness to learn can serve as an example to your children, friends and family, boosting your confidence and creating a sense of pride as you continue your education or embark on your new career.

HopeWorks is accepting applications for its upcoming Adult Education class. These classes are currently offered entirely online at select locations to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. For more information about enrollment, please call 901-396-8800 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A staff member will guide you through the application process, and an Adult Education instructor will be in touch with further instructions.