Although a loss of grant funding has led to the closure of all Green Hills Community Action Agency (GHCAA) General Education Diploma (GED) sites, the GED© program remains alive and well at the Linn County Area Career and Technical Center (LCACTC). GED classes resumed June 4 and continue to be under the instruction of Jinny Moore. Having good neighbors who share Moore’s vision and are willing to lend a helping hand made survival of the LCACTC AEL/GED program possible. When the closing of the local GED program was announced, Lydia McClellan, the Adult Education and Literacy Director at the Macon Area Career and Technical Education Center came to the rescue. “McClellan collaborated with Cathie Chalfant, Director of the AEL/GED program through GHCAA to transfer students and classroom materials into the Macon program without any interruption in our GED class schedule. We will continue to be in operation for the foreseeable future,” explains Moore.
“Students may register for GED classes here at the LCACTC,” explains Moore. “Enrollment orientation is on the first Tuesday of every month at 5 pm.” The preparatory classes are free of charge and are available if you are at least 16 years of age, have not completed high school, and have a genuine desire to earn your high school equivalency certificate. Currently, it costs $40 to register and sit for the GED exam. After January 1, 2014 the cost will increase to $140.
According to Moore, the instructional classes are “scaled to each student’s individual learning style and skill level. The goal is to help students pass the GED exam the first time they take it.” Current GED students are working toward taking the GED exam within the next three months. The 2013 deadline to apply to take the GED exam for the first time is September 1, and the deadline to apply for re-testing is November 4. All five components of the GED exam—Language Arts, Writing; Language Arts, Reading; Social Studies; Science; and Math—must be passed by December 31, or the student will have to start all over and be tested in the five components again. Moore adds that between now and the end of the current calendar year, students can re-take any component of the GED exam for just $40.
There’s never been a better time to fulfill your dream. If you have a sincere desire to earn your GED, contact Moore at the LCACTC at 660.258.2682 to make an appointment for orientation and get started now.