For the handful of Amarilloans on a recent Sunday afternoon who donned black caps and gowns while waiting to enter the packed Cal Farley Community Engagement Center classroom, a long-awaited milestone finally was within reach.
There, as their proud families beamed, they took their place at center stage to roaring applause as Amarillo Independent School District officials conferred upon them their high school diplomas.
The graduation ceremony was the crowning moment of weeks, months – years, in some cases – of hard work. But, thanks to the Amarillo ISD program "Set for Success," the journey was more convenient than they imagined.
Set for Success provides digital studying tools and teacher resources to help adults prepare for general education diploma, or GED, testing. Sites have been established at San Jacinto and South Lawn elementary schools and at Travis Middle School, with additional satellite locations at the Potter County Detention Center, the Amarillo Public Library and the Cal Farley Community Engagement Center.
Organizers are looking for businesses, community organizations, churches and other locations that are willing to help facilitate the program.
Find out more about the program and how to participate: