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Success Story - Ella Oulds

Ella, on the right,celebrates with a classmate who she helped to pass the GED test.  

 

Les Brown once said, “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” Anyone who has ever been in a room with Ella Oulds can feel her positive energy and the difference she is making, not only in her own life, but in the lives of others as well. When Ella enters a classroom, she sets it on fire with her humor, her positive attitude, and her willingness to help others. There is never a dull moment when Ella is around. She constantly encourages others to work hard and give one hundred percent on everything they do. Quitting is not an option when Ella gets involved. She works full-time while attending night classes for over two years to earn her GED.  Now at the age of 52, Ella reflects on why she dropped out of school, “I was suffering from medical complications due to pregnancy, and I stayed home with my premature baby.” 
 
Throughout the two years, Ella rarely ever misses a class; and when others are absent, she calls to check on them. Ella worked very hard to get her GED this year. She explains why she was prompted to get her GED credential, “I wanted to do something for myself and also be a good example for my children.”  As a result, she made it a habit to study something each night at home.  Reflecting back, she shares about one of the biggest obstacles that she faced through the process of completing the program, “My biggest obstacle was learning more about computers and technology.”  However, she was determined and forced herself to embrace new technology by using her computer and APPs on her phone to help prepare for the GED tests. After earning her GED credential, Ella continued to attend evening classes to help others prepare for the RLA test.   Although she was very proud to earn her GED, coming back to help others do the same has been the best part and a new blessing in her life. She is our greatest cheerleader, and her enthusiasm for learning is contagious. 
 
Ella believes that ACE of Central VA helped her achieve her goals as the program, “provided me with good teachers.” Her plan for the near future is to “to take some classes at CVCC this fall.” One advice that she would like to share with others who are in the GED program or planning to join the program is to, “Stay motivated and have the self-discipline to study at home. You get out of it what you are willing to put into it.” That is great advice and so true, as is the case with her much deserved success. Congratulations, Ella, and thank you for making a positive impact on others. Your attitude, encouragement, and strong work ethic make you a valuable member of the Rustburg Night Class! You are truly appreciated! We wish you the best in all future endeavors.