(Times Leader - Author: Steve Mocarksy - Wilkes-Barre, June 16, 2012)
The 12 students who attended Genetti’s ceremony were among 68 who completed the free program.
Twenty-year-old Maria Miller overcame the odds against her after twice getting pregnant while in high school and dropping out.
On Friday, she received her GED certificate at a ceremony at Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center with others who achieved the same goal.
The 12 GED students who attended were among 68 who completed the free program offered through the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board.
“I got pregnant around my junior year, that was my first son, and I (got) married and, in my senior year, I was pregnant with my second child. I really couldn’t find childcare for both of my kids. … So I decided to be a stay-at home mom,” Miller, of Wilkes-Barre, said, explaining why she dropped out of school.
But the young mother didn’t want to be dependent on others for the rest of her life.
“I heard about the GED program at CareerLink and decided to get my GED so I could further my education in the future so I could provide better for my kids. And I’m glad I did. I got my GED within six weeks … and I found that the setting was a lot better because it was more one-on-one with a teacher instead of a whole group,” Miller said.
With a GED under her belt, she applied to Geisinger’s phlebotomy school and set an ultimate goal of becoming an OB/GYN and opening her own practice.