Academy of Hope featured on WUSA9 Hero Central Segment hosted by JC Hayward
Original air date: Monday 8/27/2012
Written by Elizabeth Jia
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- The average person without a high school diploma earns $451 a week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Adults in the District who want to earn their GED or prepare for college have a place to turn.
Academy of Hope is a non-profit adult learning center serving about 800 students. Students pay $30 dollars a semester, or volunteer in exchange for enrollment.
"I was working two jobs, 60 hours a week. Yet I still didn't make enough to support four children." Darnetta Hollis, 29, needs a higher paying job, but she needs to finish school first. Hollis left school in the 11th grade when she became pregnant. But now she is able to return to classes at Academy of Hope.
"You don't want to be a hypocrite to your children. If you're telling them to finish school and go to college, you need to do the same," Hollis said. Since 2008 Hollis has been coming to the adult learning center, part-time. She wants to concentrate on Hospitality Management at CCDC. Her long-term goal: to earn a Master's degree within the next six years. The Academy of Hope gives her the confidence to achieve.