SCC Press Release

SCC Launches Push to Get Students to Complete Their GED

Persons who have started taking the GED Tests to earn a high school equivalency diploma have until the end of 2013 to complete the tests or risk having to start over. The GED Testing Service will change its testing system starting in 2014. The current version of the GED test, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be discontinued in December. The scores will expire with the current GED test series and persons will have to begin testing again to earn their high school equivalency diploma.

More than 1,200 individuals who have started but not completed the testing program since 2002 at Southeastern Community College could be affected.

SCC Vice President of Academic Affairs David Schachtsiek stresses the importance for those who haven’t completed their testing to act now. “We want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. Whatever you do, don’t wait. If students don’t finish by the end of the year, they’ll have to start their testing all over.”

Schachtsiek adds that having a high school equivalency diploma opens doors to college, better jobs, and the satisfaction of having a high school credential. It can be a life-changer.

An estimated 250 area residents complete the program through SCC every year.

The last GED testing day at Southeastern Community College will be December 13, 2013. However students can’t simply show up and take a test. They must enroll in adult education classes where an instructor will assess their math and reading skills and help them prepare to pass the tests. Students must pass a practice test in class before being eligible to take the official GED test.

Thanks in part to a recent anonymous donation of $10,000 to the Southeastern Community College Foundation, SCC has begun promoting the college’s GED closeout campaign. The gift will allow SCC’s adult education program to reach out to area residents who have taken one or more tests and to provide targeted instructional activities to help individuals complete their testing.

“We can help people prepare to take the parts of the test they still need to pass. We want them to succeed,” adds Schachtsiek.

The new test series that will roll out in January 2014 will be significantly different than the current test thus making it difficult to merge scores from the two series. Those who have started the testing with the current system must complete all five parts by December 13, 2013.

SCC will continue to offer high school equivalency diploma classes at its sites in Burlington, West Burlington, Keokuk, Fort Madison and Mount Pleasant. It is also in the process of adding classes to accommodate the anticipated increase in participants.

“Classes are open and students can sign up any time, and thanks to a recent gift of $1,000 from US Bank, we can provide some assistance to help eligible applicants pay their test fees,” notes Schachtsiek.

Call SCC’s Adult Basic Education specialists at (319) 208-5000, extension 5314 for information.

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