Soon students will be headed back to school, but a few adults are already in class.
They're working on passing their GED exam and they're doing it with the help of the nonprofit, Ascend.
"Ascend is a nonprofit adult education center,” Executive Director Amy Loar said. “We focus on people who were missed by traditional school systems, so anyone who did not finish high school is eligible to come if they meet our income requirements."
For students, the GED prep and job readiness training is offered at no cost.
"I didn't think I could do it, but here with all the extra help and the teachers really keeping me motivated and giving you all this support is super awesome,” student Ina Johnson said. “I love it. I just love it here."
Johnson says the program is helping her get closer to going to college for cosmetology.
"I really want to do it because that's my dream,” Johnson said. “I want my permit and everything."
She just needs to stick with her studies, earn her GED and she'll be among the many success stories coming out of Ascend.
"Ay the police department now, we have a pretty good group of graduates that are there doing everything from clerical work to beat work,” Loar said. “We also have a lot of people who are in management positions at major retail stores."
Since the school opened in 1994, 600 people have graduated. Click here to learn more.