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Certified community literacy program urges at-risk dropouts to provide feedback in new survey – LaGrange Daily News

The Troup County Certified Community Literate Program (CLCP) wants to hear from students who may be considering dropping out of school and from adults who want to return to school but have not.

The CLCP program recently launched a survey of at-risk youth, as well as adults who may be considering returning to school.

The survey is called the “Barriers to Education” survey and only takes a few minutes to complete.

With the data, Troup CLCP wants to work to meet the needs of the community by trying to remove some of the issues that prevent residents from advancing their education.

Diane Harrell, executive director of Troup CLCP, said when the organization started, there were no other reading-focused groups.

Now Success by Six, Get Troup Reading and Jungle Bus are all partners in helping young students read.

This allows CLCP to focus in part on older students and adults.

“We have always focused on adult literacy,” said Diane Harrell, Executive Director of Troup CLCP. “If you drop out of school, get your GED, you’re more employable and it makes the community better… Debbie [Burdette] retired, and the pandemic kind of shut things down for a few years. Now we’re regrouping and refocusing, and that’s where the poll comes in.

Harrell and her husband, John, said the purpose of the survey is to find out why someone is not pursuing a high school education and to better promote adult education offerings in Troup County.

“We have to know what we don’t know,” Harrell said.

“What can we do to get you back in school or to keep you from dropping out?” But, especially adult education, if they can go back and get their GED or high school equivalent, then they can be better off in the job market or they can decide to go on to West Georgia Tech, or [another] middle School.”

The survey asks a respondent if they are a high school student or an adult planning to return to school.

For high school students, he asks if they think they will finish school and asks for things that would help them finish school. For adults, he asks what would allow them to go back and finish school.

To take the survey, scan the QR code in this story.