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Adults get help choosing careers

Marchman Technical Center will celebrate the grand opening of its Adult Career Center today, a resource for adults looking to make a career change and for those completing the GED (or high school equivalency exam).

"A lot of adults just don't know what they're going to be able to do after they finish the GED," said Jennifer McCowan, coordinator of the new center.

Open to the public Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the center is equipped with computer stations, fax machines and copiers to help people in preparing resumes.

Guidance counselors will be available by appointment to help adults explore college and career options. And software programs will help participants determine their skill levels and career interests.

McCowan said the center is the first of its kind in the Pasco County school district and was made possible with a one-year, $50,000 grant from the state Department of Education. Currently, Marchman offers GED courses to about 30 students a month with monthly testing. If successful, she said, the district would like to open a second center at Moore Mickens Technical Education Center in Dade City.

"It's never too late to make a fresh start," McCowan said. "There is assistance available. Age is irrelevant."

For information, call McCowan at (727) 774-1776.