The recently launched initiatives are focused on supporting learners from historically marginalized communities and are a key part of our organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
GED® Mentorship Program
In the Mentorship Program, adult learners are mentored by GED employees and stakeholders. With the support of mentors, they are developing their career and leadership skills, including problem-solving, critical thinking, and effective communication. In addition, learners have a supportive community as they prepare for and take the GED test subjects, while mentors develop a greater understanding of learners’ backgrounds and their future personal and professional goals.
The program was created to serve learners from all backgrounds, focusing on learners from underserved areas. The pilot of this program was launched earlier this year in Montgomery County, Maryland, and will expand nationwide later this year.
More information about the program is available here.
GED® Community Partnership Program
In the Community Partnership Program, selected adult learners attending GED preparation programs are provided with access to laptops, tablets, GED Ready and GED test vouchers, one-to-one online tutoring, and online preparation tools, including Aztec Software’s GED Flash, Life Skills Education, A Tutor for TABE, Pre-GED, and GED Kaplan Prep Series.
GED Testing Service and Aztec Software selected the program’s first official partner, Made Men, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas. The organization offers GED preparation courses, a fatherhood program, life skills courses, workforce training, and is an authorized Pearson VUE test center.
Launched in late 2021, the GED Community Partnership Program is part of GED Testing Service’s DE&I strategy and ongoing commitment to creating equitable learning opportunities focusing on historically marginalized and underserved learners, including those from Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities. This program aims to increase access while investing in community organizations that provide education, training, and other critical services.
The official press release announcement is available here.