Brandon spent six months in CEO’s GED program at Stout Street, but his journey towards his high school equivalency began long before that. Brandon dropped out of high school four years ago, when he was in 11th grade. Though a successful athlete, drugs and alcohol had taken over his life, causing too much chaos to stay dedicated to his classes. A serious neck injury presented an additional obstacle to success in school.
When Brandon entered the program at Stout Street, he decided to make his education a priority. He was inspired by his cousin, who attained his GED and is now a successful college student studying computer programming. Brandon maintained his focus, passing his first test within one month. Though learning different ways of studying wasn’t easy, he kept an open mind and positive attitude through each of the subjects.
Now that Brandon has completed his GED, he is already looking toward his next goals: completing the SSF program and enrolling in college to study criminal justice. He hopes to become a police officer and, eventually, a homicide detective. In the meantime, Brandon will be sharing what he learned throughout the GED program by tutoring other students who are studying for their GED tests. When asked if he had any advice to those who wish to attain their GED, Brandon notes that having self-confidence is crucial in achieving any goal. Another key he found throughout his journey is to make the most of class time and study between classes — it’s not about rushing through, but staying on track.
As one of Brandon’s instructors, I was impressed with not only his focus, but his willingness to help his peers along the way. On behalf of staff at CEO, we send our enthusiastic congratulations to Brandon, and wish him the best in future goals. Well done!