Barber Shop Video Review: Getting a GED at age 40

Her nephew needed help with his homework, but Nicole Hicks says she couldn’t understand it herself.

She isn’t alone. Nearly one third of the adults in the Chicago region struggle with low-literacy. That means while they can read, they can’t read well enough to do a lot of every day activities–filling out a job application, reading a child a story or understanding a food label. We talked with Hicks on Friday’s Barber Shop Show, a collaboration with WBEZ’s Front and Center, about literacy in North Lawndale and throughout the city.

Hicks got help. She went back to school to get her GED. And this week, she’s taking her first college course.

To do so, she had to overcome her biggest fear: being the oldest one in the room. Listen to Hicks talk about that struggle in this week’s video review:

Did you miss Friday’s show? Catch our podcast. And don’t forget to tune in every Friday to the Barber Shop Show on Vocalo, 89.5 FM or stream it live at

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