“I took the test once and was pretty close, but I didn’t pass. I didn’t think I needed it,” he said.
But after working for minimum wage at several jobs he didn’t enjoy, Hackworth decided in November he needed to make a change.
And if that change was a GED certificate, he needed to move quickly.
“I got signed up at Anthis for the classes and went every single day,” Hackworth said. “It was either all in, or forget about it.”
After two months of studying and preparing, Hackworth took the test and passed - just shy of the December cutoff.
Now Hackworth is preparing for his first semester at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, where he hopes to study communications. He said he credits his GED work for providing the confidence he needed to move forward.
“It was embarrassing to say that I didn’t have it,” he said. “People who don’t think they can do it need to try. ... It’s definitely worth it.”