Nearly 100 adult students who recently returned to school will graduate with their GED Saturday. The Harris County Department of Education GED program proves it's never too late to learn.
Oscar Ospina has been on his own since he was 17. Work, he says, had to come first to support his family back home in Columbia. School took a backseat. Oscar dropped out in the 9th grade, just as he was beginning to learn English.
"I did it to survive, to keep living," he said.
His hard work at Escalante's Mexican Restaurant has paid off. He's now a manager, but Oscar knows it's not enough.
"There was a moment when I said, 'I don't need a job. I need a career, and to do that I need to get my GED first.'"
At age 30 he went back to school for his GED.
The Harris County Department of Education offers a free program for adults, many motivated by their own children to finish school. For more information about classes visit www.hcde-texas.org