In 2014, the Foundation provided GED testing scholarships to 87 students, a total of more than $13,900. A scholarship gift of $160 covers the cost of one student to take the GED Exam.
In January 2014, the GED test was updated to include more critical thinking and higher math skills, to better reflect the knowledge and skills of graduating high skill seniors. Since that time, the number of GED completers nationwide has dropped dramatically, and currently, the number of GED completers in Georgia Adult Education programs is down by 78%. WGTC leads the state in GED completers, with 113 students earning GED’s since July 1st.
Once a GED student is on the road to passing the test, the WGTC Adult Education Transition Specialist helps them take the next step toward enrollment into college or employment.
“This test has presented everyone with a big learning curve – students and teachers alike. We have focused on preparing students to be successful on the new test. There’s a lot of fear around this new test. We want people to know that it’s doable – they can pass it. But they’ll probably need a little help and we can provide that. Every day we’re helping students pass this test and get on with the business of improving their lives.”
Karen Kirchler, WGTC Vice President of Adult Education
“The Adult Education program at West Georgia Tech and its faculty have given me the courage to appeal to the better angels of my character. I am no longer afraid to be the man I aspire to be, nor am I bound by my past decisions or social limitations, but rather determined and optimistic.”
Tony Denmark, 2016 GED Graduate & WGTC EAGLE Award Winner