PHOENIX - For the first time in three years, the Arizona Legislature is restoring its funding for adult education to the tune of $4.5 million dollars this fiscal year.
The funds will primarily go to student services and is expected to help more students move through adult education programs more quickly.
Rio Salado College is one of the state's largest providers of adult education classes. While they have been able to maintain their services over the year, administrators there are encouraged to see the funding from the state come through once again.
Blair Liddicoat explained there is always a waiting list and is hopeful for what it means to programs all over the state for adults who are trying to get their GED.
For 20-year old Maria Hernandez, a student at Rio Salado, she knows first hand how difficult it can be to get work with out a high school diploma.
"It is hard," she said. "Even McDonalds asks for a high school diploma."
Hernandez who dropped out of high school in her junior years, is getting her GED and said that she wants to go on to study nursing.
The restoration of funds after the recession also helps the state secure federal funds for adult education programs.
It is estimated there are some 800,000 adults in Arizona who do not have a high school diploma.
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