It’s called the “Good Neighbor Initiative,” a new program that helps students who want to go to college get the help they need to qualify for college. Eric Juhlin, CEO of Stevens-Henager College, says college officials were finding more and more people wanting to go to college who did not have a high school diploma or required GED in order for them to be accepted.
Juhlin says Stevens-Henager, at some of their locations, had rooms during the day not being used that could be utilized to help these people.
“We then rolled it into this Good Neighbor Initiative which started with the free GED preparation courses,” Juhlin said on KVNU’s For the People program Friday. “We’ve kind of expanded it now into a whole host of other offerings that are free educational offerings to help people in a variety of ways.
“In addition to the free GED courses, we’re doing some CPR training, we’re doing basic computer skills, we’re doing workshops on how to get a job, seminars on scholarships and financial aid.”
Juhlin says we all need to do all we can to get people get back on track with some education and training needed in this kind of economy to get people into the employment stream.