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Eastern Arizona College Adult Education Program helps make dreams come true

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Eastern Arizona College Adult Education Program helps make dreams come true

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Adult Education Program is an important link in Graham County’s education chain and is helping dreams come true for citizens in Graham and Greenlee Counties.

Terry Humphries is a recent graduate of the GED program at the Adult Education Center in Safford, having received his GED in February of 2005. “I quit high school because I had to go to work,” said Humphries, “and it’s bothered me ever since that I never graduated.”

Humphries took the GED in 1999, but his job kept him from taking the classes to help him pass. Eventually, he got a permanent job at Thriftee and was able to attend the free Eastern Arizona College Adult Education Program classes primarily in the evenings around his work schedule. With the help of his teacher, Robin Link, who is also the assistant director of the adult education program and director of the Morenci and Safford Learning Centers, the goal came into focus for Humphries.

“Getting my GED has always been a personal goal. Now that I have accomplished that, I think I will enroll in some classes at EAC,” said Humphries. “Maybe I will go for a college degree next!”

“I’m really glad that I have Robin because she is so much more than a teacher,” said Humphries. “She cares about the students and stands behind them all the way through the process.”

Humphries is the great-grandson of Homer and Orpha Jennings who were homesteaders in the Gila Valley in the early 1900’s. He is the son of Donetta Skaggs and is married to Pearl Gay. They have five children: Jasmine, Kandra, Jacob, Joshua, and Peter.

The Eastern Arizona College Adult Education Program is administrated by Eastern Arizona College through a partnership with the Safford City/Graham County Library and funded by grants from the Arizona Department of Education with financial support from the College as well.

“The Eastern Arizona College Adult Education Program offers lots of services to local residents,” said Link, “all of which are free of charge!”

The center provides tutoring and computer access for students seeking their GED (general education degree), their ABE (adult basic education), or their ELAA (English Language Acquisition for Adults). Each of these classes is taught free of charge and is structured on a timeline that works for each individual student. Classes are taught in the mornings and the evenings to assist working students in making it to the classes they need.

For more information about the Eastern Arizona College Adult Education Program and its free classes, call Link at (928) 348-3202, Ext. 6; 8:30-11:30 a.m., Monday–Thursday.