Tracie - September 2018

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Did you know Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) offer more than food? Thanks to donor and volunteer support, SFBFS offers a variety of programs and services including tools for adults to better their future and move them toward self-sufficiency and financial independence. SFBFS’ Adult Education program offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, GED and HiSet preparation, secondary education classes, career workshops and an open computer lab.

For adults who did not complete high school and wish to pursue secondary education, SFBFS offers classes to prepare for two different types of equivalency exams: GED (General Equivalency Diploma) and HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). SFBFS’ staff offer assessments to determine a starting place for each student and volunteer tutors work with the student at his or her pace.

Tracie Lutin, 49 years old, currently attends HiSET classes at SFBFS in hopes of obtaining her high school equivalency diploma. She works with volunteers every week to study reading, math, science and social studies. Previously, Tracie took similar continuing education classes at Elk Grove Food Bank Services before they discontinued their program. From there, they referred her to SFBFS’ Adult Education program. Over the past year, Tracie attended regular classes and now plans to receive her high school equivalency (HSE) credential by April 2019.

One of her most memorable moments was taking her first computer class at SFBFS. Tracie connected with other students, learned a lot and hopes to take a refresher course in the future.

Taking Adult Education classes has taught Tracie to be disciplined and determined to reach her goals. “There are difficult challenges, but try to remember why you’re doing this,” she said. After Tracie receives her HSE credential, she would like to gain more independence by finding her own place to live and securing healthcare. She wants to inspire others to do the same and be a positive example by not giving up.

Are you or someone you know interested in receiving a high school equivalency diploma, learning English or receiving career assistance? Click here to learn more about SFBFS’ Adult Education program.



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