SOURCE: Richmond Outreach Center
RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwire - Jul 25, 2012) - With high school dropout rates on the rise, many organizations strive to help citizens earn their GED. Pastor Geronimo Aguilar, of the Richmond Outreach Center, helps locals realize the benefit of education and supports GED programs.
According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, American Career College is setting forth an initiative to help Southern California residents finish their high school education through GED assistance programs. Most notably, the programs will be held at the college campuses at no cost to the participants. Pastor Geronimo Aguilar has encouraged continued education among his congregation at the Richmond Outreach Center, and applauds the efforts of American Career College.
A recent report from America's Promise Alliance reveals that in 2009, one in four high school students dropped out of high school. In an attempt to reduce these statistics, American Career College will be using programs that implement adaptive learning to help students prepare for the GED test. The programs will also offer teacher-led discussions, practice GED tests and a wide library of resources to help students with General Education. In the article, David Pyle, CEO and Founder of American Career College, notes, "The program will aspire to make a direct impact on the lives of non-high school graduates in our community by providing them with the highest quality of GED preparation at no cost, and I am honored that American Career College is growing and enhancing this much-needed program."
Across the country, in Richmond, Virginia, Pastor Geronimo Aguilar and The Richmond Outreach Center (ROC) are offering similar programs to help individuals reclaim their educational goals. Aguilar explains, "At The ROC, we give people a chance. We give them the encouragement and the push they need to live up to their potential and our GED class is just one way we do that."
The ROC has been attributed to reducing local truancy among Richmond-area students, in addition to massive decreases in local crime. Following these trends of community outreach, the religious organization aims to show individuals how important education is -- no matter what stage of life the person is in. Pastor Geronimo Aguilar comments, "Many of us reach adulthood and wish we would've 'tried harder' or been more dedicated in school. A GED is a great second chance for young adults who didn't make the most responsible decisions in high school."
Pastor Geronimo Aguilar is pleased to see that educational systems, such as the American Career College, are joining the effort to increase national academics. He believes that any individual who seeks to earn his or her GED is taking a positive step in the right direction. According to the pastor, these achievements not only advance one's professional abilities but also their self-esteem -- qualities that are necessary in times of economic trouble.
Pastor Geronimo Aguilar is the founding pastor at The Richmond Outreach Center, an independent, non-denominational church in Richmond, Virginia. Dubbed "The ROC" by members, this organization has over 150 ministries that provide assistance, fellowship, and other services to members and nonmembers alike. As a result, this church has had a significant, positive impact on its community. The Richmond Outreach Center was founded in 2001 and continues to provide worship, fellowship, and Bible study to its followers. As the church continues to grow, its positive impact on the community and its members will expand.
For more information about Aguilar and the Richmond Outreach Center, visit www.theroc.com.