High School Diploma Within Reach for All
After leaving high school at 19, Phillip Morgan started a career driving trucks to support his family. When he was told he had diabetes and was unable to continue working, he found he needed more skills to pivot to a new career.
Seven years of dialysis and a kidney replacement later, Phillip celebrated a new lease on life and decided to go back to school.
When he began taking courses at Madison Area Technical College to prepare for the high school equivalency diploma (HSED), Phillip was the oldest person in his classes. "When I first started school, it was difficult for me," he shares. He has since been paired up with a volunteer tutor from Literacy Network to help him in the eight subject areas tested on the HSED. "With the knowledge they give me," Phillip says, "I can go back and finish school." His biggest supporter is his eight-year-old granddaughter; they help each other do homework and she reminds him every day of why getting his education is