West Georgia Technical College Adult Education department is offering
free one-day GED workshops to anyone 18 and older who is not currently
enrolled in Adult Ed classes and is in need of a
GED diploma. The workshops will assess students’ skill levels, provide a
short math refresher, and offer opportunities for GED practice testing
and essay writing.
“The goal of the workshop is to help students get clarification as to whether or not they are test-ready and, in any case, what then, should their next steps be,” said Karen Kirchler, Vice President of Adult Education at West Georgia Technical College. “The current GED test series will be retired at the end of this year. It’s important for people who need their GED diplomas and who have already started the testing process, or have been enrolled in classes, to go ahead and take care of unfinished business.”
With the implementation of the 2014 test, previous test-takers who have passed portions of the current GED test, but failed to earn a diploma, will lose all credit for those portions that they have successfully completed. Unless they earn a GED diploma before the end of the year, test-takers will start fresh with a clean slate and no credit given for previous efforts.
“Sometimes, students are surprised at how close to being ready they actually are. If they show up and do the work, it’s amazing the progress they can make in a short time,” said Kirchler. “Even if someone isn’t test-ready right now, we can help them prepare. We don’t want anyone to lose credit for tests already passed, but on the other hand we don’t want anyone wasting their money by testing when they aren’t ready, even if we do have a looming deadline. We hope the workshops will help to bridge that gap for some.”
GED testing fees are $32 per subtest. The test consists of five subject area tests: math, writing, social studies, science and reading. Total costs for the test is $160. Test-takers can repeat subtests that they previously failed without having to repeat the entire test.
“West Georgia Technical College strives to make education accessible to as many students as possible,” said President Dr. Skip Sullivan. “Adult Education is one of the most important programs we offer and these workshops will help prepare our students for the competitive workforce.”
The WGTC workshops will be held on Monday, October 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Murphy, and LaGrange campuses. On Tuesday October 8 a workshop will be held at the Greenville site. Space is limited and open only to those 18 years of age or older who are not currently WGTC Adult Education students. All participants must present a valid picture I.D.
Individuals must register in advance for the workshops. To get more information on workshop locations and to register, visit www.westgatech.edu/adulted. Students in Meriwether County can call 706-672-3102 for workshop and registration information.
West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and additional class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers over 115 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the third largest of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one of the fastest-growing two-year colleges in the nation.