Poor economy sends Utahns back to high school

Poor economy sends Utahns back to high school

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A sagging economy is sending scores of Utahns back to high school to earn diplomas, GEDS, learn English and shore up basic skills.

Statewide statistics from the Utah Office of Education show enrollment in adult education program was up 19 percent during the past school year. The boom comes as the programs face a 10 percent cut in funding from state and federal governments.

Each of Utah's school districts has an adult education program. Students pay what they can for classes up to a maximum of $100 a year.

James Andersen, principal of the Salt Lake City district's Horizonte Instruction and Training Center, says enrollment jumped nearly 26 percent.

He says in tough times employees who struggle with English or lack a diploma are the first let go.


Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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