GETTING YOUR GED CAN REMOVE MANY BARRIERS
Altamaha Technical College is in the business of assisting others in furthering their education and learning the skills needed to enter the workforce or transition careers. Today there are more than one million Georgians who do not have a high school diploma or a GED. This number is staggering. And, combined with the scarcity of jobs in today’s economy, many of these Georgians have found it nearly impossible to get a job – any job.
However, opportunities for a better life are available. Hope comes in the form of earning a GED. Statistics show that the salary increase for someone who earns a GED over someone who did not complete high school is $10,000 per year! How’s that for a better future?
And, the next part of this opportunity is that there’s no cost to get started.
At Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Department, adult learners may take a GED practice test at no charge during the month of September. All one needs to do is to visit one of Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Centers to discover how a small amount of time and some focused hard work can bring about life-changing opportunities.
In Wayne County, more than 4,300 adults do not have a high school diploma or GED©. And, almost 200 adults have begun – but not completed – the GED© battery. Testers who have started but not completed the current GED© sequence for testing are encouraged to attend sessions at the Academic Support Centers before the new GED© test is released in January 2014. Once released all partial test takers will have to retake all portions under the new process.
The new, 2014 multi-faceted computerized GED© test will assess foundation skills in four content areas—reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. The new GED© test will not only provide adults a second chance to earn a high school credential but measure one’s career and college-readiness skills. The GED© will be a springboard into furthering education, training, and better-paying jobs.
Georgia Literacy Week is an excellent time to make the commitment to earn a GED© credential and enroll in college. Conveniently scheduled classes are available at Altamaha Technical College throughout the day and online. In addition to the free practice GED© tests offered throughout the month of September, scholarships may be available to assist with paying testing fees.