By Portia Williams
December 5, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
NEW BOSTON — The ABLE Program not only allowed Richard Kennison to complete his GED, but empowered him for gainful employment with the new Infra-Metals company.
Rob Seaman, Director of the Scioto County ABLE program, said recent graduate Richard Kennison was a stellar student.
“We are proud of Richard. We wanted to show him off, and get his story out there,” Seaman said.
ABLE, Adult Basic and Literacy Education program is a network or resource centers which provides adults with instruction and tools required to complete their GED.
Richard Kennison, a native of Lucasville, successfully completed the ABLE program and is now employed with Infra-Metals.
“I kept hearing it announced on the radio. I called, scheduled some time, and went to Northwest. I worked through the program there with Mike Flagg,” Kennison said.
Kennison said it took him nine months to finish the course work.
“I took the GED test in July and passed three of the five parts, then went back to school for another month. I took the test again in August, and passed all five parts,” Kennison said.
Mike Flagg, one of the instructors for the ABLE program said Kennison is was a hard-working student.
“Richard was the type of student that would come early, and leave late. That’s the type of person that you want to employ. He always takes the initiative to get things done,” Flagg said.
Kennison said the obtaining one’s GED is vital in this day and age.
“It opened up a door for me to look for work, because without a GED or diploma, who is going to hire you now-a-days?” Kennison said. The same week that I passed my test, I landed a job at Infra-Metals, and had to go to training for two months in Connecticut. Now I’m working in New Boston,” Kennison said.
He said is glad he completed his GED for his family, wife, Polly Kennison, two sons Rick and Aaron Kennison, and grand daughters, and two grandsons.
Kennison completing his GED made him feel better about himself.
“It made me feel better, because some people look down on you because you don’t have it,” Kennison said.
Seaman said they are pleased with the other recent success in the ABLE program.
“The last scheduled test for the old system is Dec. 5 and 6. I am pretty excited that we have had some great successes. The last test that we did in November, 60 percent of the people passed the first time they took the test,” Seaman said.
Seaman said the ABLE program is gearing up for the new changes that will take place with the GED testing after January 2014.
“We are getting ready as a staff to prepare our most recent students to take the new test. The new test will be all computer based. The cost will also increase to $120. We just want to make sure that everyone is fully aware of all the changes,” Seaman said.
For information regarding the Scioto County ABLE program, call 740-354-0211, or visit their Facebook page: Scioto County ABLE.
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