Meeting Work, Family Demands to get GED. Clifton Fulmer says work and family demands always seemed to get in the way of getting his high school diploma.
"I was working constantly coming from a one–parent home; work was the main thing," says Fulmer.
But when he heard the state was offering free GED testing for a limited time, he jumped on board. He hopes to graduate in June and then continue his education for a better-paying job in the construction industry.
"I wanted to take advantage of it and of the situation," says Fulmer, who adds that getting his GED will be a big deal.
Adult education programs like the one offered through Robbinsdale Area Schools hope the state paying for GED testing brings people back to take the test.
In the fall of 2013, people rushed to take the test before it changed. The nature of the questions shifted from fact-based to reasoning-based. The test and essays all moved to the computer. When the new test began in early 2014, numbers went down in a big way.
"A lot of challenges came up all at the same time and it was a perfect storm of things happening," says Theresa Zingery, program director of the Adult Academic Program for Robbinsdale Schools. "GED testing across the nation went down 85 percent and we followed the same pattern."
The state will pay for the tests until funds run out. Students can also take any prep classes for free too.
"Getting some sort of high school credential can really improve your chances of getting a job, keeping a job, all studies show it's essential to improve the life of you and your family," says Zingery.
Want to Learn more?
Find free ESL, GED or Adult Diploma tutoring classes by calling the Adult Literacy Hotline 1-800-222-1990.
Connect with the Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program by calling 763-504-8300.
Interested in learning more about Minnesota adult basic education and GED program, visit the website.
Shannon Slatton, reporting
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