More than one million adults in Georgia don’t have a high school diploma. Without a high school credential, those adults are less likely to get a good-paying job, discover a great career, and enjoy a much better life.
During the week of Sept. 10-14, a free GED practice test will be offered at adult education centers across northwest Georgia. 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 be on hand at the centers to explain how 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 GED®test shouldn’t be a deterrent to anyone because grants and other financial assistance, including a scholarship provided by AT&T and the Dollar General Foundation, 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.
Beverly Smith, the TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education, said, “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 Sept. 10-14."
Susan Hackney, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC, adds her encouragement. “We will be happy to provide practice testing and counseling for all who are interested. Calling ahead is recommended. Our learning centers are listed under Adult Education at www.gntc.edu, or callers can reach me at 706 295-6972 in Rome, or Jim Fowler at 706-764-3564 in Rock Spring. We look forward to hearing from you.”
Adult Learning Centers in the Northwest Georgia include:
Catoosa County (Ringgold): 706 965-6155
Chattooga County (Summerville): 706 857-0771
Dade County (Trenton): 706 657-2205; (Davis School Center): 423 902-7978
Floyd County (Rome): 706 295-6917; (Glenwood - ask for Adult Education Center): 706 236-1855; (Library for ESL): 706 236-4617 (Library for Tutoring): 706 236-4618
Gordon County (Calhoun): 706 624-1111
Polk County (Rockmart and Cedartown): 770 684-7521
Walker County (Rock Spring): 706 764-3679; (Rossville): 706 858-0150; (LaFayette): 706 638-7703
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 800 946-9433 (800 94MYGED).