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RCC Adult Education Program leads couple to a brighter future

Roberto and Delia Castro have enhanced their employability by earning the GED certificate through the RCC Adult Education Program.

“I never thought that getting my GED [from Rappahannock Community College’s Adult Education program] would make such a big difference,” said Roberto Castro, “but it has transformed our family.”

Castro and his wife Delia were employed by a local timber company—he as a supervisor and she as a dispatcher—until Delia was laid off when the company began to feel the effects of the recent economic downturn. Soon after, the company was forced to file for bankruptcy, and Roberto and all the rest of its employees found themselves out of work as well.

On applying for unemployment assistance, the Castros learned of many programs designed to help workers improve their employability, among them the RCC Adult Education Program.

Delia is now an administrative assistant with the Richmond County Department of Social Services, and Roberto has moved up to a managerial position in his company. “It’s like a dream come true,” he affirmed. “I now realize that for many years I was blinded—I did not understand the significance of a GED.”

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 07.30.2014

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