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The GED consists of five different test segments. To assist with the most difficult aspects of the GED, The Education Experience focuses upon math and writing skills. Their approach has been very successful. Only 25% of adults pass the GED on their first try, but 90% of their students pass all five of the test segments on their first attempt.
The GED has nationally administered standards, and in 2014, the U.S. Department of Education is moving the test to an entirely online format. This will prove to be especially challenging to Detroiters that the Center services, because many in this disenfranchised community do not have home computers. The idea of taking a test on a computer is intimidating to this population – added to the intimidation of the difficult test itself.
To prepare for this, the Center is creating and will be using online lessons and other teaching tools to get their test-takers familiar with computers. In addition, they are actively educating Michigan lawmakers and officials about this change – which has not been widely publicized by the federal government – so that they can help the Center reach and educate the community.
St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center is helping both women in their adult program and African American families in their children's program in achieving educational goals to help them have a better life and be contributing citizens to the community. In conclusion, the work being done by SVSFC volunteers and the students themselves is nothing short of transformative. Many of their GED students are going on to community college, university, vocational school or finding work immediately. They are changing their lives. By assisting adults in completing their education and thus improving their family's financial stability, the value of education is better understood and taught to the next generation.
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