GED Graduate on to a New Story

Port Huron Career Center
Submitted by Merissa Pacholek

Twenty-year-old Chris Rockwell came to the Port Huron Michigan Works! Career Center following a major life transition. Out of school, and looking to earn a high school diploma or GED, he enrolled with the Blue Water Center for Independent Living YOU program through the Michigan Works! Young Professionals.

A personalized GED prep plan with guided study and individual tutoring was developed. These activities along with peer support and his determination helped Chris to make progress to meet recommended GED Ready® practice test scores. Concentrating on the four subject areas of testing, he took the official test in each area as he gained proficiency. Although, working part-time and not without some challenges along the way, within seven months Chris passed the full battery of testing. He was one of 10 participants awarded the high school equivalency diploma at a graduation ceremony on December 8, 2018.

Having achieved the first goal of his career plan, Chris took the next step towards an occupation in the medical field. Looking towards a long-term goal of becoming a Registered Nurse, short-term training in a demand occupation was more in line with his immediate need for employment with a decent wage. Working with the career planner for selection of appropriate training, Chris enrolled in St. Clair County Community College’s Emergency Medical Technician program.

Tuition provided with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training funds allowed Chris to begin the training in January 2019 and he completed in May 2019. The Career Planner supported Chris with a few problems that popped up, but she says his “Ok. I’ll make it work.” attitude kept him moving in the right direction.

In a recent conversation, Chris told the Career Planner, “I appreciated how patient and kind you were and how you helped me so much. I highly appreciate Michigan Works! for helping me begin my new story.”