Free GED prep this week at CTC
by Mark Andrews
Sep 09, 2012 | 3330 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In an effort to promote National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week in Georgia, Sept. 10-14, Chattahoochee Technical College will offer for free the General Education Development practice test at all locations, including the North Metro Campus in Acworth.

“The test, which contains the same material as the actual GED, will allow prospective students to see where they score and if classes are necessary to earn that high school diploma credential,” CTC Specialist for Public Relations and External Affairs Rebecca Long said.

The Technical College System of Georgia has said without preparation it is difficult to pass the test.

“We’re actively campaigning to help people throughout Georgia understand that we can help them prepare for the GED test and, with a little effort, they can earn a GED credential,” Beverly Smith, TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education, said in a press release. “After that, we’ll assist with their transition from GED diploma to college degree or into a better job. I encourage every adult learner in Georgia to make plans now to visit their local adult education center and take advantage of a free GED practice test session during the week of Sept. 10 through 14.”

The GED test is the only high school equivalency program recognized by all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

According to a press release from CTC, “Since 1942 more than 18 million adults have earned their GED test credential. GED alums contribute to every sector of the workforce. They are teachers, nurses, mechanics, lawyers, and have even included college presidents, governors, entrepreneurs, congressmen, and a U.S. surgeon general. Nearly 800,000 GED tests are taken each year.

“A person with a high school diploma, or a GED, earns $10,000 more per year than a non-high school graduate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The data reveals income levels increase substantially more for those who go on to complete a certificate, diploma or degree program from college.”

CTC staff will be on hand at the centers to explain what’s needed to sign up for the free GED preparation classes for those who may need to improve math or writing skills. There also will be someone available to explain how to register for the GED test, which is now taken on computer.

Spots are limited for the free practice test, so those interested should contact the local adult education center at Chattahoochee Technical College-North Metro Campus in Acworth, 770-975-4271.

According to www.national-coalition-literacy.org, “The purpose of National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week is to raise public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assist adult learners in need of literacy services, leverage local resources, and support increased access to adult education and family literacy programs. Use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.”