If you’ve already started the GED test, you’re almost there. The current version of the GED test is expiring at the end of 2013 and your scores will expire too, if you don’t finish and pass the test by then. If you act soon, you won’t have to re-take the parts of the test you’ve already passed. The new test is an online test, so act now.
GED classes prepare adult students to learn or review basic high school subjects. Classes are offered by RCC both on and off campus. Students are assessed with a practice GED test, which qualifies them to take the official GED test. Students study in five areas – writing skills, social studies, science, reading and mathematics.
The GED diploma is a gateway for adults 18 and older to find their way to better paying jobs and higher education. Millions of adults have earned their GED, which is accepted at all community colleges.
A recent study showed that a high school dropout who obtains the GED Diploma could see an income rise of 43 percent. GED graduates make an average of $385,000 more in their lifetime than people without. That’s a raise of $12,000 a year for most people.
The GED becomes more profitable when the student goes on to college. The average income for college graduates is $44,000, more than double the income of people who haven’t graduated high school.
Over half a million Americans earn a GED Diploma each year. Well-known GED graduates include comedian Bill Cosby, Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, news anchor Peter Jennings, actor and comedian Chris Rock, actor Michael J. Fox, Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, actress Kelly McGillis and creator of Famous Amos cookies Wally Amos.
RCC does admit students under the age of 18 to the College and Career Readiness Program; however, a student must be at least 16 years old to enroll. Underage students will need to bring a Referral for Alternative Education Form (or a Letter of Release) from the last school attended. The parent or guardian of the underage student will need to complete and have notarized an application for admission. Underage students wishing to earn a GED must also have an underage application for taking the official GED test that will require a notary’s signature. RCC offers classes that meet 20 hours per week for students under the age of 18. Students are required to attend classes for 20 hours per week. By attending for 20 hours per week, an underage student will be eligible for a driver’s eligibility permit in the state of North Carolina after six months of satisfactory progress and attendance.
GED testing is by instructor recommendation, appointment only and is conducted on specific days and times at the James Building (Hamlet, NC) and the Scotland Center (Laurinburg, NC). A fee of $35.00 is charged. Two forms of identification are required (one must be a photo ID).
Students who complete their Adult High School Diploma or GED at Richmond Community College are eligible for scholarships to put toward tuition to begin an associate’s degree at the college. To qualify for an AHS/GED scholarship, an application must be completed and submitted before the deadline in June. Scholarships are awarded at the annual AHS/GED Graduation. Students may also be eligible for additional financial aid.
A graduation ceremony is held in June of each year at the Cole Auditorium. All AHS/GED graduates are eligible to participate in a graduation sponsored by Richmond Community College. There will be a graduation fee for graduates participating in the graduation ceremonies. The GED diploma is issued by the North Carolina Community College System GED Testing Office in Raleigh, NC.
For more information, contact:
College and Career Readiness
Workforce and Economic Development