Shreveport Honor Society Students Offer Weekly Tutorials for GED Students Contributed by Kristi Kohl, Campus Librarian National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) members at Remington College - Shreveport Campus understand the value of their education and the importance of giving back. Some NTHS members have begun to offer weekly GED tutorials for students enrolled in the Ability-To-Benefit, or ATB, program. What Is the ATB Program? Remington College's ATB program allows students to concurrently work toward earning their GED and their Medical Assisting (MA) certification. The Shreveport Campus began offering the eight-month ATB program in April 2011 and currently has 45 enrolled students. The goal of the program is for students to graduate from Remington College with their college certificate and high school diploma at the same time. The regular Shreveport Medical Assisting classes meet Monday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and our ATB students also meet on Fridays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. for GED preparation and tutorials. Tutorials include practice in math, writing, reading comprehension, science, and social studies. Students enrolled in the program must maintain regular attendance in their Medical Assisting coursework, can miss only one GED tutorial a month, and have to attempt the GED test by their sixth month. If a student fails to meet these requirements, he or she will be dropped from the program. College Faculty Commitment and Support to the Community Business Office Management Instructor Cynthia Robertson saw the need for the GED tutorials and began organizing and writing lesson plans for the Friday classes. She said, "My own son was a senior this year, and this was another way to show him, and our GED students at Remington, the importance of an education. I was ready to assist in any way possible." Just 15 new students can be enrolled each month, and despite the attendance requirements and the volume of coursework, there is already a waiting list. Health Sciences Program Chair Clark Riser stated, "This program presents an excellent opportunity for the students to achieve an enormous and important goal for themselves. I am extremely proud to be a part of enriching someone's life." Shreveport Honor Society Members Volunteer as Tutors Jenny Pierson, Business Office Management student and NTHS member, clearly sees the benefit of giving back. She said, "It's important to help those who have taken that initial step to improve their life. I want them to succeed in their endeavors, and getting their GED is the first stop along that road. Accomplishing this task will give them the confidence and drive to continue striving to make their dreams come true. As a member of NTHS and president of the Shreveport Campus chapter of DECA, I strongly believe that we should set an example by giving back to our community in any way we can and use our strengths to improve the area around us. If I can change one person's life for the better, then I feel that I will be a better person. And maybe one day, they will remember what I did and help someone else."