Happiness House helps overcome diploma hurdle

Jamie Lether was 31 when she suffered a stroke more than a decade ago.

It’s been a long road for the Shortsville resident, struggling to regain mobility on the left side of her body and relearning basic reading and math skills among other challenges. But at 44, with help from a program at Happiness House in partnership with Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES, Lether is hopeful for the future. She is on track to earning a high school equivalency diploma and hopes to go on and earn a college degree.

Lether and others in the program are working on what is called an external high school equivalency diploma. A group of those involved with similar goals gathered Thursday at Happiness House in Canandaigua to share their stories. They are enrolled in the External Diploma Program prep class that helps students increase skills in math and reading comprehension, skills needed to pass the Test of Adult Basic Education — the most difficult part of the process for students looking to obtain their external diploma.

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