Available statewide during week of September 10-14, 2012

(Bainbridge, Ga.) –  More than one million adults in Georgia don’t have a high school diploma. And without a high school credential, they’re less likely to get a good-paying job, discover a great career and enjoy a much better life. There’s no better time than now to take the one easy step that can change their lives forever.

And it can start with a free GED® practice test.

During the week of September 10 through 14, Georgia’s adult education centers throughout Georgia, including Bainbridge College (BC), will be offering adult learners the opportunity to take a GED practice test at no charge. All prospective test-takers need to do is visit one of the centers and see how a small investment of their time can open the door to greater opportunities for them and their families.

Staff will also be on hand at the centers to explain what’s needed to sign up for the GED preparation classes that are always free to every Georgian. They’ll also explain how the cost of taking the full set of GED tests shouldn’t be a deterrent to anyone because grants and other financial assistance, including a scholarship provided by AT&T, are available. Many locations will be offering a look at the new computer-based GED test, which will be used statewide by the end of the year.

“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.  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 September 10 through 14,” said Beverly Smith, the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) assistant commissioner for adult education.

“We are very excited about the success of the program so far and look forward to introducing new students to the GED program,” said BC Director of Adult Education Debbie McIntyre. “We will be offering practice tests from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on September 10, 11, 12 and 13. The tests will be free and more information about the program will be offered.”

The practice tests will be offered at BC’s Shotwell Education Center at 315 S. Boulevard Street, adjacent to the Bainbridge Mall. For more information about the Bainbridge College practice tests, please call (229) 248-2517.

Last year, more than 19,000 adult learners earned their GED diploma.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a person with a high school or GED credential earns $10,000 more per year than a non-high school graduate.  The income level increases substantially more for those who go on to complete a college certificate, diploma or degree program.

For more information from the TCSG Office of Adult Education, including a full list of local adult education centers, go to https://tcsg.edu/adult_literacy.php or call 1-800-946-9433 (1-800-94MYGED).


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