Local GED graduate sees new doors open
by Cheree Dye
Jul 02, 2014 | 1651 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the approximately 60 students participating in the Chattahoochee Technical College Adult Education Recognition Ceremony, this was a celebration they missed out on in high school. The graduates represent just a portion of the hundreds of students who took GED examinations at Chattahoochee Technical College’s numerous testing centers.

Most of these students were among the first group in the country to complete the new computerized version of the GED test. Georgia was the first state to launch the computer-based GED testing and Chattahoochee Technical College was in the first group to convert to that process as well. Additionally, many of these students completed the newly revised exam that launched Jan. 1.

The ceremony included three graduates who were selected by the program’s instructors and administrators to tell the story of their personal journey toward education. Speakers featured in this year’s ceremony included Gregory King of Cartersville, Rebecca Bryson of Woodstock and Heather Ross of Canton. Each explained that certain sections of the test were the most troublesome, but they each have brighter futures planned with the new credential.

King wants to open his own business, having passed the GED in December. He has received a promotion at work, but said his main reason for wanting to pass the exams was that he felt incomplete.

“I felt like I was at a disadvantage to my peers and co-workers when a job would open up,” King said. “Now I feel that doors are opening. I always had an excuse not to go back and get my GED, but the excuses ran out. I finally just did it.”

In a written statement, Rebecca Long, CTC representative, said, “Without a high school or GED diploma a person will earn on average $7,658 less a year than someone with a secondary education credential. That number along with statistics of higher chances of arrest and jail time, poorer health, more troubled finances and lower self-esteem are all reasons that people turn to Chattahoochee Technical College for help to pass the General Educational Development test.”

Becky Wilke, GED instructor, said, “Greg entered the GED program in February 2013 because he wanted to feel complete. Math and language were his struggles, but he knew he had to accomplish his goal for his wife and four children. He passed the GED test in December of 2013 and has since gotten a promotion at work. He plans to further his education and someday own and operate his own landscaping business.”

King passed the last test given under the former testing system. Any students who did not complete all sections of the test by last December had to retake the entire test under the new format.

Chattahoochee Technical College offers free classes to prepare students for the exams, including placement testing and online resources. GED preparation classes are offered at no charge through Chattahoochee Technical College’s Adult Education program at a variety of locations.

For more information about Chattahoochee Technical College and the college’s Adult Education Program, visit www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu/adult-education.