Miguel was a husband, father of two young girls, and a plumber’s helper at construction sites. A supervisor believed so much in Miguel’s ability and potential that he encouraged him to take the plumber’s licensing exam. The company was even willing to provide more training after he got his plumber’s license. The problem was that Miguel did not have a high school diploma or GED, which is a requirement to take the plumber’s licensing exam.
Miguel learned about a GED preparation class funded by United Way at a Tarrant County College site in Arlington. The class started before Miguel’s normal work hours ended, but his boss fully supported him and allowed him to leave work early twice a week. Miguel never missed a class.
“The class was great. The teacher showed me a lot. He gave us a lot of information and a lot of homework,” he said. “I found a lot of friends there, because all of them, kind of like me, are looking for something better for his life.”
The class helped Miguel brush up on math and other academic skills he needed to take the GED exam. It taught him how to study. “And when I learned that, I helped my daughter some on school, especially on math,” he added.
After months of preparation, Miguel took the GED exam and passed it. Equipped with his new GED diploma, he took the plumber’s exam and got his license last June. His employer immediately provided more training for Miguel to become a foreman.
By making possible Miguel’s GED preparation class, your investment in United Way opened the door for him to advance in his profession and provide a brighter future for his family.