Ashton, Iowa — Commencement exercises at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon are being held this Friday. There are a record-breaking number of graduates.
But among those receiving degrees this spring is one person who doesn’t exactly fit the mold. Not only is he 74 years old, he’s also graduating not from college, but basically from high school. Seventy-four-year-old George Klein of Ashton is getting his GED.
Klein tells us how this whole thing got started.
He says after a few years, he realized his mistake and tried to take classes through the Catholic school that was there in Ashton at the time. But that too didn’t work out as planned when the principal who was helping him had to focus on other priorities. Then, says Klein, time started to intervene. Deaths in the family and his marriage slowed things down, although he was able to take a few correspondence courses.
Then, he started farming and thought he probably would give up trying to graduate.
He says two years ago he told his wife Cleo that he wanted to try it again. And now, he’s done. He says that’s thanks to a bunch of help from the learning center at NCC.
Cleo Klein says she and their kids are very proud of George.
But, she says, he got through it — again with help from the Learning Center.
In fact, George says he also learned that there were a lot of young people that were trying to graduate from high school or get their GED through NCC. And a lot of them were struggling to find the money for it, or even the gas money to get to NCC.
So, George and Cleo Klein decided to help them.
Klein says his foundation isn’t taking donations right now, but if you want to donate to The Learning Center or NCC, he and Cleo would certainly encourage you to do so.