Have you started but not finished your GED?

The Adult Education Program at Haywood Community College would like to encourage all students who have been registered in a GED program, at HCC or anywhere else, to complete the full GED test battery before the current test version expires.  The current version, also known as the 2002 Series GED test, will expire at the end of 2013.  At that time, all partial test credits taken from the 2002 series will be lost.  However, all completed diplomas will remain valid. 

No matter where a student began working toward their GED diploma, Haywood Community College offers the resources and support needed for success.

 “One of the components of our program that really distinguishes HCC from other Adult Education opportunities is the strong communication, support and partnership between our students and Instructors,” says Patricia Smith, Adult Education Coordinator.  “Motivated by our desire for student success, our faculty and staff work hard to establish a positive rapport with students so that we meet each individual exactly where they are…and build success from there.”     

Earlier this year, GED Testing Service announced that the new 2014 GED test series will be released on January 2, 2014.  Those who have taken tests from the 2002 Series, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential.

“The GED test opens doors to college, better paying jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” says Dr. Laura Leatherwood, Vice President of Student and Workforce Development. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires.”

 “To anyone who has already started the GED test, your future is calling. By passing the GED test, you can answer that call,” said Randy Trask, president and CEO of GED Testing Service. “You owe it to yourself. Don’t miss the chance to turn one small step into your next big opportunity in life.”

The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers.  In 2011-2012, Haywood Community College celebrated 45 GED graduates, 12 of whom were honor graduates.  According to the American Council on Education, the honor score is equivalent to the top 15% of high school graduates nationwide.    

For information on completing your GED, please call HCC’s Adult Education Department at 565-4182 or 627-4648.