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Next Door GED Fast Track and Adult Basic Education

Listing Last Update: February 28, 2017


2545 N. 29th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53210

Primary Contact

Barry Schwartz

(414) 562-2929 Ext:2517

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

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Program Overview

Milwaukeeans, ages 18 to 66, develop and celebrate new skills that lead to a GED (General Education Development) and/or boosted employability. We witness so many members of the Milwaukee community invest time and effort to make their lives better. Some students venture into the classroom from third-shift jobs; some take two or three Milwaukee County buses; and some run to and from daycare centers around town just for the opportunity to… well, get more opportunity.

Instruction in adult basic education and GED studies are supplemented with computer training, financial literacy, and job readiness. We have partnerships with Milwaukee Area
Technical College and Wisconsin Literacy. We are a member of ProLiteracy.

Next Door Adult Education provides a rigorous course of study with adaptations to individual needs. The program orientation takes place every Thursday. A prospective enrolls and discovers the necessary steps to earn a GED in Wisconsin. Then, students take the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) to determine the level of instruction needed. The program delivered is either self-paced, personalized, or small-group. We prepare students to take and pass the GED.

Mission Statement

Next Door's mission is to support the intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional development of individuals so they become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.
Next Door's vision is to position neighborhood children and families for long-term success.

Hours of operation: Monday - Wednesday, AM Class: 9-noon, PM: 1-4

Cost info: n/a

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

It is a common understanding that high school completion is vital to one's future. Here is a small sample of those who benefitted from high school equivalency. (To keep their identities anonymous, the names have been changed to the last five first ladies):

Melania is a mother of three and refugee from Iraq who never had a chance to participate in high school. She learned English mostly from her children who attended Milwaukee Public Schools. When the youngest was able to function on his own, Melania enrolled in GED studies. She worked hard and progressed rapidly. As she nears completion, Melania reports that the children are her biggest cheerleaders.

Michelle faced many challenges on her way to GED. The 31-year-old mother of two held her diploma high when she overcame those hurdles at MATC graduation. Almost from the second she enrolled at Next Door, Michelle experienced issues with transportation, daycare, and work. The student pushed past this and saw a brighter future. Suddenly, the world was within her reach.

Laura wanted to be a role model for her young children. A positive role model is quite the change from a self-described angry teenager who refused to get out of bed in the morning and retired from school in the 10th grade. But, here she was six years later, dropping the kids off at Grandma's and committing Monday through Wednesday mornings to her education. The alarm clock was never needed, and the only thing she refused was giving up on her studies.

Hillary is a new US citizen and a soon-to-be nurse. The long journey to this country began in in 1991 when her family fled a civil war in Myamar and waited patiently in a Thai settlement camp. Until the language barrier was destroyed, Hillary
struggled in the GED program. She stayed focused and passed all four tests. The very next week, Hillary was accepted in MATC's School of Nursing.

Finally, Barbara survived the streets of Milwaukee, gang banging, and a gunshot to the head. It was these teenage years and recovery from a coma that caused Barbara to "regroup and reinvent." Brain functions were never fully restored and speech
was slow, but in less than a year Barbara elevated her TABE reading score seven grade levels. She went on to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma in sixteen weeks.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

2015-16 Data:

Gender: Female 68%, Male 32%, Transgender 0%

Age Group -- 18 thru 24: 18%, 25 thru 34: 48%, 35 thru 44: 20%, 45 thru 54: 9%, 55 thru 64: 4%, 65 thru 74: 1%

Ethnic Background -- Asian: 3%, African American: 90%, Hispanic: 1%, Multi-racial: 5%, Caucasian: 1%, Other: 1%

Household Income -- $0-$9,999: 69%, $10,000 - $14,999: 14%, $15,000 - $24,999: 9%, $25,000 - 36,999: 6%, $37,000 - $49,999: 1%, unknown: 1%

Residence -- Milwaukee County: 100%

Veteran Status -- Yes: 1%, No: 96%, unknown: 1%

Primary Language -- Hmong: 3%, Spanish: 1%, English: 95%, Arabic: 1%

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