2013 is the Year of the GED

Mar 06, 2013 - | 11:28 AM -

Kentucky Adult Education has announced that the current version of the GED® test will expire at the end of 2013.

More than 16,000 Kentuckians have taken the 2002 Series GED test but have not passed all parts of the test. They have until December 18, 2013, to pass all five parts. If they do not pass the entire exam, they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test.

“We want to be sure everyone is aware of the December deadline,” said Joan Flanery, Director of Adult Education at Ashland Community and Technical College. “GED test-takers should act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

According to the GED Testing Service, the new 2014 test will continue to measure high school equivalency and will also measure skills associated with success in a variety of pathways, including college coursework and job training programs. This will mean more study and preparation for those who do not pass the test this year.

“Anyone who has spent time preparing for the GED should finish now,” Flanery said. “The GED test opens doors to college, to new and better jobs and to advanced training programs. Graduates also have the satisfaction of knowing that they studied, learned, and passed a test that only 60% of high school graduates could pass.

ACTC’s Adult Learning Center offers free classes to help adults get ready for the GED, and it also administers the Official GED Practice Test, which GED test takers must pass before taking the official test.

Classes and services are held in the Adult Learning Center located on the College Drive Campus. The Center moved from the Roberts Drive Campus to College Drive early in January.  “We think our new location is fabulous,” said Flanery.”  The physical facilities are great, and the atmosphere is bright, open and energizing.”

Classes focus on basic academic skills for reading, math and language enrichment/writing. The classes include five different levels of math, four levels of reading comprehension, two levels of language enrichment/writing and a study tips class.  Lab sessions and online/distance learning study are also offered.

“We start with orientation and assessment of skills,” Flanery said. “Once we know the person’s goals and knowledge/skill levels, we can tailor a learning program to meet his or her needs in the shortest possible time.”

“Our current students range in age from 16 to 86, and their goals are everything from getting a job, to preparing for college classes to finally getting the GED they always wanted,” Flanery said. To make an appointment for orientation and assessment, call the Center at Call 606-326-2457 or 606-326-2437.

Other Adult Education Services

ACTC’s Adult Learning Center offers a variety of educational programs in addition to the development of academic skills. The free Kentucky Adult Education services are funded by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education through ACTC.

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes help students learn English for a job, education, community activities or preparation for the USCIS Citizenship test. ESL classes meet Monday afternoons and Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Adult Education Center.

COMPASS is a computerized placement test used by ACTC and other KCTCS colleges to evaluate students in reading, writing, math and ESL skills for placement decisions. Many individuals with plans to enroll at ACTC find it beneficial to review/up-grade their basic academic skills before taking the COMPASS exam.

College readiness classes help new students prepare for credit-bearing classes. The classes can focus on whatever math, reading and language skills each individual needs to successfully complete college course work.

Online programs to improve work skills include WIN, an instructional curriculum that addresses eight critical WorkKeys® skills areas: listening, observation, information, writing, applied mathematics and applied technology. WorkKeys is a system that determines the skills and competency levels of those skills needed for different jobs. The WIN program helps people achieve those levels of skills. Other online programs include ITTS and Pearson MyLab which has a COMPASS study component.

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, signed by the governor, can also be earned at the Center. The certificate is composed of three WorkKeys assessments that measure skills critical to on-the-job success: applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.

For more information on these and other services to help adults gain workforce skills, call the Adult Learning Center at 606-326-2457 or 606-326-2437.