President’s Corner: Connecting GED Students to Employers
Education is a change agent that has the power to uplift students, families and entire communities.
As members of the adult education and GED community we have the privilege of seeing firsthand how impactful the GED journey is for so many.
We know signing up for GED classes, taking the test and earning a credential is often the first step in what is a life-changing decision to attend a local college or university or begin a career path that has the potential to break the cycle of poverty. GED students are resilient, hard-working individuals that are more than capable of filling the growing number of employment opportunities that remain vacant in a variety of fields. The GED test program was designed to help adult learners gain knowledge about specific test subject areas. When this is aligned with adult education or career readiness training, it is a stepping stone to developing the additional interpersonal skills needed to be successful on the job.
At GED Testing Service we are committed to connecting GED students and graduates to upskilling opportunities and employability through the GED credential. It is our commitment to do this through the GEDWorks program, our employer partnerships, adult education programs and the surrounding workforce development community.
We started the GEDWorks program in 2015 as a pilot with three major employers and it has since grown to help over 4,000 graduates earn a GED credential at no cost. Through GEDWorks we have been able to create a deeper connection to upskilling opportunities for employees, family members and even healthcare members affiliated with over 40 companies.
Early on we recognized that working adults in need of a second chance at a GED credential would require additional support throughout the preparation and testing journey. By supporting these workers and providing them with no-cost study materials, free tests and a personal advisor we are equipping them with the tools they need to succeed when faced with demanding work schedules, family commitments and so much more. GEDWorks graduates are often promoted within their companies and begin pursuing associate degrees or additional career training.
Our efforts to support adult learners are also aligned with local workforce development and career readiness initiatives. We work closely with workforce development boards and local adult education programs to identify career training programs that would bridge our students to careers that would provide more than a living wage and create the financial stability they need to change their lives for the better.
There are community colleges, correctional facilities and local adult education programs that are actively providing vocational training and industry certification instruction for students completing GED preparation and testing. It is through these opportunities that adult learners are able to navigate some of the challenges and uncertainties they experience including reentering society and the workforce, finding the career of their dreams or finding employment that will help them support their family.
Throughout 2020 GED Testing Service will continue to develop partnerships that will give our students and graduates the skills and connections they need to succeed in the workplace.
—Vicki Greene, President of GED Testing Service
How do I get my Adult Ed program in touch with a GED Works employer/business in my area?
We have a full list of participating employers on GEDWorks.com. We do recommend that you reach out to the local franchise or office of the desired employer in your area to confirm participation and find additional information.
Interesting article but it lacks action steps. How do students take advantage of GEDworks?
Students can learn more about GEDWorks through their GED.com accounts.
As an adult literacy tutor, I help adults improve their reading skills to improve their lives. Some of my students have earned Special Education High School diplomas, yet read and write at fourth grade level. While they may have found employment after high school, their limited skills do not allow them to earn a living wage. One student has worked as a daycare instructor for eight years, but now is required to take a college-level curriculum in order to advance as a daycare worker. This is an unbelievable challenge for this student.
Our school system has not adequately educated and prepared Special Education students to make a living, support their families, and reach their full potential in society.
My name is Leah im 21 I just had my first child and didn’t get to get my GED and I’m trying to finish to start working on being in culinary arts
We’re happy to hear you are ready to start your GED journey. You can create a free GED.com account: https://ged.com/ where you can learn more about preparation and testing options.
question is this the test and diploma through y’all
Yes, the official GED test was created by GED Testing Service.
Por seguridad hacia COVID-19 no hay clases de GED en mi escuela de adultos Hayward. Hay alguna manera de continuar haciendo exámenes para graduarse lo antes posible? Me faltan 2examenes para terminar