State education official visits Choffin

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A member of the Ohio Board of Regents said the state needs to do more to help older students obtain their high school diplomas, even if it has been years since they left school.

Gary Cates, the Board’s Senior Vice Chancellor, paid a visit Monday morning to the Choffin Career and Technical Center in Youngstown. He stopped to visit the school’s Adult Basic and Literacy Education classes to chat with the students.

The ABLE program helps people prepare for the graduate equivalency exam, but administrators said having the test on computer makes it tough for some students.

“We failed to recognize that not everybody has access or familiarity with a computer. Their familiarity is with a pencil and a piece of paper and so those are things we need to figure out how we can make better,” Cates said.

Choffin administrators also told Cates that while classes like ABLE are offered for free, the costs involved with actually taking the GED can make it not affordable for some students.

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