HOPE THROUGH EDUCATION
Tackling city’s ‘hidden secrets’
New classes will help some of the 550,000 adults in county without diplomas or GEDs
— reported by the Houston Chronicle(1)
An $8 million initiative will allow residents of some of Houston’s poorest neighborhoods the chance to learn English, study for the GED exam and receive vocational training at nearby schools and community centers.
As part of “Project Houston Hope,” classes for adults will start later this month at Booker T. Washington High School, Kashmere Gardens High School, the Acres Home Multi-Service Center and the Third Ward Multi-Service Center. City leaders said they plan to expand to more schools and centers as soon as possible.
The classes, created by a partnership that includes the Houston Community College System and the Houston Independent School District, are designed to help some of the more than 550,000 adults in Harris County who don’t have high school diplomas better their education, learn job skills and land careers that pay more than $35,000 a year.