Aubrey Parker moved to Montana from Colorado in early 2020, one math exam shy of her GED. Despite COVID-19 shutdowns at the Butte Silver Bow Public Library and the fact that Montana doesn’t offer GED testing, the Butte Literacy Program provided a tutor and arranged for her exam at the library. Parker passed.
She was accepted to Montana Tech’s Radiologic Technology program next fall, again with help from the literacy program. “Butte Literacy helped me a lot. I wouldn’t have been able to get my GED without them,” Parker says.
According to Tenney Hammond, program coordinator, Butte Literacy grew from 8 students and 5 tutors in 2018 to 136 students and 14 tutors today. “I’m incredibly proud of our tutors,” says Tenney. “Butte has a lot of working parents who can’t afford to leave their jobs for two years to complete a degree, and our student-centered program makes everything possible.”
The literacy program offers free tutoring in reading, writing, math, and other subjects, and helps many adults prepare for Montana’s HiSET examination. Most tutoring is now conducted online due to coronavirus restrictions; all services are confidential.