GED Classes Coming to Main Library this Fall! It’s not too late to register!
There is little in this world more important than a good education. However, that little piece of paper, which represents the most basic level of standard education, the high school diploma, doesn’t just stand for knowledge. It stands for achievement, perseverance, and opportunity.
Not attaining a high school diploma does not have to be a lifelong obstacle. The GED (General Educational Development) test was created to give individuals a way to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma, thereby providing greater possibilities for themselves in job and income improvement, and opportunities for higher education and military service.
Is getting my GED worth it? Most employers and colleges require a diploma or its equivalent for employment, promotion, or admission. Jobs that do not require this credential often do not pay a living wage, regardless of your experience level. If you do not own a credential proving that you completed high school, then you could be missing out on special opportunities.
85% of jobs require education or training beyond high school.
Source: Judy, R.W., D’Amico, C., and Geipel, G.L. Workforce 2020: Work and Workers in the 21st Century.
An adult with a high school credential earns on average $568,000 more than an adult without a credential, over the course of a lifetime.
In 2010, the median of earnings for young adults with a bachelor's degree was $45,000, while the median was $21,000 for those without a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2012). The Condition of Education 2012
The time is now! Starting in 2014, a brand new GED® test will be offered on computers, replacing the pencil-and-paper version. The GED® test on computer is not an online test, meaning that it will only be available at designated GED testing centers.
Richland Library can help! GED classes are being offered at Main from September to December. Register now to reserve your spot! Most of the classes will be given in the Seminar Room on the Garden Level on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-12:30 with a few exceptions. Please check the class schedule carefully for day, time, and location changes!
Check out the library databases, websites and tip sheets from our Job Center staff linked below!
Post written by Sheila Dorsey, Business and Job Center Librarian and Lori Cook, Job Readiness Trainer.
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