DONATIONS

Thank you so much for considering helping our program! It does not matter the amount, your contribution will help make the difference for our students. All donations are tax deductible.


For more information, contact us at centrohispano@marist.com.

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

When young adults aspire to a better future and make the effort to receive an education, they improve their chances for a safer and better-paid job. There is a great need for education in the Hispanic community. Statistically, Hispanics show lower educational attainment and receive the lowest salaries compared to other racial groups. Our program can help close those gaps.

Most of our students are young adults and parents of young children, or they will become parents in the near future. Not only can they improve their quality of life for their families with a high school equivalent education, but also their children may feel motivated to continue their own education after watching their parents. These opportunities are important considering that the highest school dropout rates come from Hispanic students.

We have seen that many other Hispanic adults around our students get inspired to educate themselves. As our students reach their goals, their spirits and confidence rise. For our graduates, the dream of a college education now becomes reachable. When those in need improve their lives and have hope, we are all better off. We can change a community a student at a time. Be part of this change. Please consider donating to our program.

HOW WE DO IT

Centro Hispano Marista offers preparation for the GED® accreditation for young Hispanic adults who seek academic growth. Our GED® classes are held on the Marist School campus, located at 3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319, every Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm, from September to May.

Most students are enrolled at the beginning of the academic year, but some students may enroll in the spring depending on class capacity. Classes are provided to pass the official GED® test in the state of Georgia, in either Spanish or English. Passing the GED® examination certifies that the tester has an equivalent for an American High School education.

The number and level of classes required and the estimated time to graduate is based on student placement tests, post-tests and GED Ready® test results. Many of our students receive a registration and enrollment letter, but only after they have demonstrated their commitment to complete the GED® program. This letter is provided to students after one semester of their continued attendance.

All your instructors are dedicated professionals who volunteer to teach our students, which allow us to offer affordable tuition. Despite their busy lives, they take the time and effort to help our students succeed at their GED® tests and to give students some mentoring advice for life. Our volunteers are highly educated professionals, some of them are long-time teachers. All our faculty members have undergraduate degrees and most have decades of experience, masters, or doctoral degrees. Our faculty and some Marist School volunteers generated 1,478 volunteer/hours this 2016-2017 year.

The program has demonstrated its effectiveness in preparing adult learners to pass the GED® exams. We had 63 graduates in our 2016 December Graduation Ceremony. We expect a larger number this December 2017. During the academic year 2016-2017, our PreGED program had 230 students passing through a PreGED level. We had 551 approved GED Ready tests from  655 (84% approval rate), and 425 approved official GED test of 600 in a subject (70 % approval rate), and we’re still counting. 

These great achievements are the result of the team effort of teachers, tutors, subs, volunteers, students, our leadership team, and our sponsors. 

OUR NEEDS

This program, which teaches the basic subject matter to enable students to pass the GED® exam, is funded primarily by Marist School in-kind contributions, private donations, and modest student annual fees of $100. We still need help to cover 20% of our budget. Marist School is a non-profit organization and you can click to see or download the Marist School 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status letter from the IRS.

We want this program to keep running and we need your help. Your donations can help us better serve and prepare our students. We need your contributions to sustain and build our program, to reach more deserving young Hispanics, and to increase graduation rates in our community.

Consider helping Centro Hispano Marista and together we can effectively help our community. For more details, please contact Father Bill Rowland, Marist School interim president. Father Rowland can be reached at rowlandb@marist.com.

SPONSORS

We had received the generous support from the following organizations, as well as personal contributions from students, teachers, and other benefactors.

Society of Mary

Collaborators and sponsors:

Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce