Leachville classes are open Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Buckner, a retired school teacher from Illinois, moved to Leachville two and a half years ago. She has 38 years in education retiring in 2012. She has a special education background and taught 15 years in regular classroom and over 20 years in special education.
She came out of retirement at the end of 2015 to serve as a tutor for a student but once he graduated, her job was finished.
Beth Thompson, ANC adult education coordinator, approached Buckner about teaching GED classes and she is looking forward to once again being in the classroom.
Buckner dedicated her life to teaching children and now she is adding adults.
"I have many former students who see me on Facebook and contact me," she said. "It is rewarding for them to remember me after all of these years and many of them will share a memory of their days in my classroom."
Buckner invites anyone who is interested in enrolling in the GEDŽ program to come by on Mondays during the day or evening or call to schedule an appointment.
The first step is to apply and take an entrance test. This helps identify learning needs. ANC provides practice tests which helps develop a successful plan for each individual as they go through the GEDŽ process.
The final step is taking the official GEDŽ tests. The only cost for the program is $4 each for the four tests for a total of $16.
Students can choose to take one test at a time or all four together.
Thompson said students can study one subject, such as math, and then take the math test.
The official GEDŽ tests are given at the ANC Leachville facility every Tuesday, but students must meet the enrollment requirements in order to sign up to take the official test due to the small fee for the testing which is much higher in other states.
The GEDŽ program in Arkansas recently celebrated its 50th anniversary as a way for Arkansans to complete their high school equivalency. The original test was released in 1942. It served to help men and women returning from World War II who had left school to serve in the military.
The GEDŽ studies, like the high school curriculum, has changed through the years to keep up with the changes in the public education systems.
In addition to GED, the classes can be used to help students build a resume, help in preparing for a job, or getting ready to take the official tests.
"We also have a career coach that comes to the Leachville facility to work with the students," Thompson said. "Tamela Thurman assists students with the transition to employment and/or college/technical training opportunities."
Thompson said they are also looking into starting an English as a Second Language class at the Leachville branch in the evenings.