Adult 22 Plus Program: Giving young adults a fresh start

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Young adults over the age of 22 years old, who dropped out of high school can get a GED. But experts say obtaining a GED is difficult and sometimes employers would prefer a high school diploma.

A new program called the Adult 22 Plus Program is giving those the opportunity to get a high school diploma. The program is funded by the state of Ohio, so it’s free to the student. The student has to be over the age of 22 years old, doesn’t have a high school degree or a GED and has to be an Ohio resident.

The Director of Alternative Education for the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, Jennifer Merritt, says the program started about a year ago, but it’s new to the area. There are two locations in Youngstown where young adults can take classes for the Adult 22 Plus Program, The Mahoning County High School and the Southern Park Academy at the Southern Park Mall. There will be teachers on site at these locations if students have any questions about a class.

Merritt says there is also the option to take classes online.

“We will give them a logon and password and if they have a computer they can access it from home, at their own pace. They can work very quickly or if they’re taking their time. It depends how motivated they are, they can work through this very quickly,” Merritt said.

The program requires that a student finishes within two years.

For more information about the Adult 22 Plus Program, call the Mahoning County High School (330) 965-2860 or the Southern Park Academy (330) 965-7828


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