On-Line GED

Preparing for a GED will soon get a little easier. That’s because Alabama is becoming the first state to offer on-line GED preparation courses.

The program is free and will be offered through the state's community colleges and adult education programs.

Educators at Wallace Community College in Dothan say on-line learners will cover the same material as students in traditional classrooms and they'll get help from the same instructors.

Wallace Community College will begin offering the on-line GED preparation in about a month.

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General Education Development

  • More than 800,000 adults take the GED Tests each year.

  • Those who obtain scores high enough to earn a GED diploma outperform at least one-third of today’s high school seniors.

  • GED graduates include: Bill Cosby, Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, Delaware’s Lieutenant Governor Ruth Ann Minner, and U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

  • One out of every seven people who graduate each year earns that diploma by passing the GED Tests.

  • More than 95 percent of employers in the U.S. consider GED graduates the same as traditional high school graduates in regard to hiring, salary, and opportunity for advancement.

  • In 1999, nearly 860,000 adults took the GED Tests, a 4.5 percent increase over 1998 figures.

  • Of that 860,000, more than 750,000 completed the five tests in the GED battery.

  • Of those who completed, 70 percent (526,411) earned the scores needed for a GED
    high school equivalency credential.

  • An estimated 14.2 million adults have earned a GED credential since 1949.

  • The average GED test-taker in 1999 was 24.6 years old.

  • As in previous years, about 67 percent of test-takers reported having completed tenth grade or higher before leaving school.

  • More than 37 percent completed eleventh grade or higher before leaving high school.

  • Roughly two-thirds of 1999 GED test-takers say they plan to enroll in postsecondary education and training.

  • This percentage has risen steadily over the years—from 35 percent in 1949, to 54 percent in 1989, to 65 percent.

  • This trend reflects the shift to an information-based economy that requires more education and training for entry-level jobs.

Source: www.acenet.edu (American Council on Education Web site) contributed to this report.

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