Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 19, 1975 · Page 54
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Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois · Page 54

Freeport, Illinois
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Saturday, July 19, 1975
Page 54
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A Timed Typinq Test Using An Abacus years of age or older. "We have people of all ages enrolled in various aspects of the program," she said. "People are taking! courses who are now in their 50s. "Interested ~ persons may come when they are able" and work at their. own speed. One person might be in a program for a week and another might be in a program for six years. Students may come once a'week or they may come as many times, a week as they wish." Students can also take the tests-as vriiany times as they want in order to pass the various GED requirements. The center is open two days and two nights a week during the summer and three days and three nights a week during the winter. There is no cost to the student. All costs are paid with federal and state funds. The center is located in one of the mobile units and in one of the temporary buildings on campus, having moved there two years- ago. Previously, the center was located in the Freeport Junior High School and the New Mission Church. The program is headed by Robert Baker, HCC dean of community services, and includes a teaching staff of 10. In addition to Mrs. Stees, teachers are Mrs. Vivian Leupp, Mrs. Coralyn Fransen, Mrs. Cleone Assisting A Foreign Student McGinness, Mrs. Maxine Triff and Mrs. Nancy J. Ayer, all of Freeport; Mrs. Beth Smith, Mrs. Vivian Kepner and Mrs. Carol Aurand, all of Warren; and Mrs. Georgia Hess of Savanna. "People learn about our program through many ways," Mrs. Stees said. "We have brochures which are left at various business places and in different churches, but the best results have probably come through people that are currently students who bring their friends." Baker is working with various industries in town and a class was., taught at Micro Switch. Another "There is no cost to the student. All costs are paid by federal and state funds." class is being taught at' the Stephenson County Jail and future plans include expansion in Stockton and Mount Morris. "to enroll, a person just has to show'up," Mrs. Stees said. For those who have a problem with transportation, a van is leased to transport students to and from class. The success of the program could best be seen at the recent graduation when one of the graduates, comparing his outlook before completing the course and after, told the audience, "What a difference a year has made. The change in one year is like night to day. It has really meant a lot to me-more than I can say." Freeport Journal-Standard, Weekender, Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 1975 Page 5

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