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The Department of Education has not done a wide spread campaign to ensure the impact of these changes are being heard by the right audience – those that are able to get the test done this year. This could be those that have recently dropped out or have already taken several segments of the test. Where all they need is to finish up, but have no idea that whatever segments they may have already passed will be voided January 1, 2014.
Here are some things that GED hopefuls should keep in mind:
1. The clock is ticking. Residents that have not begun the process of testing by at least November will run out of time and then will have to start all over again with the new test.
2. The Education Experience program can help.
• Free, personalized tutoring, year round to help prepare students to take and pass the GED on their first try. The average rate of Detroiters passing all segments of the GED on their first try is 25%. Our student first-time pass rate is 90%, which means that students are then able to move on faster to work readiness programs, training and/or higher education, while incurring less testing fees.
• Transportation to and from the test
• Payment of test fees
• Assistance in getting scores as quickly as possible
• Assistance to those that qualify for placement into vocational training, interview and job search assistance and resources for tuition assistance for those eligible to move on to higher education.
• Limited, pre-arranged child care (Main campus only)
• Partnering with other non-profits, the Center has 4 Campuses in Detroit, located off major bus lines
• There are no "class" dates – you start when you are ready and finish when you take the test.
• 100 percent of graduating adults were provided with resources for either higher education tuition assistance or vocational training. Many of the graduates were given training on interviewing and job application skills, such as resume building.
• Students work at their own pace and receive personal learning plans that help them overcome obstacles in their thought process and problem solving
• Life-skills that help students obtain self-sufficiency (such as workplace behavior)
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