FT. MITCHELL, Ky. (12/15/14) – The Grant County Career Advancement Center (GCCAC) is now an official GED Testing Site thanks to the efforts of United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC), Grant County Detention Center, Grant County Fiscal Court, and Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC).
This effort builds upon the original vision behind the GCCAC, which was to reduce barriers to adult education and employment. For many individuals, completing their GED is the first step in the process.
“The GED is a stepping stone on a stable path toward success for individuals and their families. When people take the opportunity to obtain their GED, they’ve opened the door to more job options and believe that they can achieve even more,” says Peg Russell, regional director of Adult Education, GCTC.
The content and cost of the GED test changed in January 2014. The test is now more aligned with the standards of a high school diploma as well as career and college readiness skills. The cost of the test went from $60 in 2013 to $120, creating an additional barrier for some individuals to be able to cover this cost. United Way was able to obtain grant dollars from Cummins Inc. and Vision 2015 to cover this fee.
While this GED test site is for anyone who meets the established “test-ready” requirements, there is a special partnership with the Grant County Detention Center to assist inmates in getting their GED while incarcerated.
An instructor and laptops are provided at the detention center to assist in preparing inmates for their GED. Additionally, a deputy at the detention center will become a certified test administrator.
“We are extremely proud and excited to have this as an option in our community. This will be a huge asset for Grant County and all the individuals needing this service. I especially want to recognize Jailer Terry Peeples, who was instrumental in the planning and coordination phase of this project. He helped with funding to purchase the needed equipment to make the site a reality,” says Joanna Surgener, Operations Specialist, UWGC.
For more information on obtaining a GED, contact Grant County Adult Education at 859-823-1341.