New Adult Education Learning Lab
Student Leticia Jimenez is shown in the new lab with Chad
Gorham, Director of Adult Education, and Jonathon Nappier,
GED® Chief Examiner & College/Adult Education Liaison.
A new, state-of-the-art learning lab has been
developed for the Northeast Alabama Adult Education Program
which is located at and managed by Northeast Alabama Community
College. This new facility has equipped the adult education
program with the technology and specifications needed to help
adult learners prepare for the new 2014 GED® test. The GED® exam
and testing facility were modified and modernized in order to
give students the knowledge to succeed in the 21st century.
The adult education learning lab was paid for using an Adult
Education One-Time Grant Award for over $60,000. This funding
helped pay for computers, digital software, furniture, and
security specifications for the GED® testing center.
“We are very excited to be able to offer our students the
opportunity to work and learn in a state-of-the-art facility on
our campus,” said Chad Gorham, Director of the Northeast Alabama
Adult Education Program. “Not only has this grant award made our
campus lab a reality, but it also allows us to equip our other
off-campus sites with additional technology.”
Adult education students are able to utilize the lab to
strengthen their academic skills through remedial software
provided by the program. Students may also practice keyboarding
skills, develop résumés, and explore career and college
“Mr. Gorham and his staff have done a great job in obtaining the
grant to support this new addition to the college,” stated NACC
President Dr. David Campbell. “To assist with this program as
well, Northeast has employed someone who will be solely devoted
to GED® testing. We want to do everything that we can to provide
the citizens of DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall Counties with the
opportunity to obtain their GED® if this is their goal.”
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NACC Campus Tour
for adult education students will be Friday,
October 10th from 11:00-12:30.
Please contact Juliah Stephens at
December 4, 2013
NEW 2014 GED PROGRAM WEBSITE AND REGISTRATION LAUNCHES TODAY
MyGED site goes beyond study and testing assistance, will help
students identify skills, prepare for better jobs and navigate
to college and career training programs
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – GED Testing Service announced
today that registration and new cutting-edge resources to help
prepare for the 2014 GED test are now available with the launch
of the organization’s new MyGED website. MyGED –which can be
found online at GED.com – will help adults register for, take
and be better prepared for the GED test. Beyond the basics of
testing, it will help students identify career pathways, and
more easily navigate to jobs and into college training programs
required for most of today’s job openings.
The new GED program, which will launch on January 2, 2014,
was overhauled to better prepare adults without a high school
diploma for higher education and the workforce. The
comprehensive, start-to-finish 2014 program uses technology to
help students prepare for, pass, and progress beyond the GED
test to find better jobs with better wages. The 2014 GED test is
the only high school equivalency program fully aligned to state
college and career readiness standards.
Some of the new features students can use on the new GED.com
- A one-stop resource for registration,
preparation, and more.
- Tools to develop personalized study plans and
find study materials or in-person classes.
- A skills assessment to help test-takers match
skills with possible careers, and focus on career plans to
get to better jobs with better wages.
- Access to information and resources to help test-takers
apply for college or training programs and fill out
financial aid forms.
- An official practice test that shows test-takers their
strengths and where they need to improve, including specific
pages to study in their training materials at home
For more information about the MyGED website, visit
fact sheet for more information about the 2014 GED program.
– September 9th, 2013
GED will soon have online guide for high school dropouts
Dropouts who want to take the GED high school equivalency
test will soon have an online guide to walk them through their
preparation, registration, and college and career planning.
“We’re not just stopping with: ‘Here’s your test. You passed.
You failed. You’re on your own,” said Nicole M. Chestang,
executive vice president of GED Testing Service. There is now “a
whole program developed around the test taker,” she said.
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September 11th, 2013
GED Testing Service Rolls Out
Online Test Prep and Support
Beginning in January, students who take the General Educational
Development credential test will encounter a more rigorous exam
offered exclusively on computer. To help individuals prepare for
the experience and give them feedback on their performance,
the GED Testing Service will offer individualized online support
starting in late November. "This is no longer just a test. It's
a start-to-finish program," said Randy Trask, the president of
GED Testing Service in a webinar with the media on Tuesday.
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Local residents see
higher passing rate on new computer-based GED test
By REGINA DENNIS
Linda Cunningham wanted to pace herself while earning her GED.
The Mexia resident began
taking prep classes at Navarro College in February, then signed
up to take the five-part exam at the GED testing center at Texas
State Technical College.
But to avoid taking the full
exam all at once
and instead tackle the sections one at a time, the 66-year-old
had to take the new computer format instead of the traditional
“I’m not totally blank about
computers. I know a little bit but not a whole lot on how to
operate them,” said Cunningham, adding that she owns a tablet
Cunningham passed each
section on the first try, most recently completing the math test
last Monday to earn her GED.
Her success mirrors a
statewide trend in which Texas residents are passing the new
computer-based test at a higher rate than the paper format.
About 83 percent of testers
have passed the computer exam this year at Texas State Technical
College’s testing center, compared to about 67 percent of
residents who took the paper format, TSTC testing Administrator
Karen Armstead said.
Statewide, about 90 percent
of GED testers pass the computer format, according to statistics
from provider GED Testing
The company also said
test-takers finish the computer exam at a faster pace, taking 90
minutes less on average to complete the full five-part exam.
“They’re used to being on
computers, lots of them,” Armstead said of the computer testers.
“They think they’re able to focus better. . . . Imagine with the
paper-pencil test, you have that scantron that you’re bubbling
and going back (to double-check). With the computer, you’re just
clicking and moving through.”
The switch to the computer
format was sparked by an upcoming overhaul of the GED that goes
into effect next year, which would include administering the
test solely on
TSTC in March became the
first testing site in Texas to offer the computer-based test.
Armstead said the first
computer tester, Kourtney Hamlin, passed on her first attempt
and received her GED in a May graduation ceremony at Baylor
University’s Ferrell Center.
Easy to navigate
Since then, 320 residents
have taken that exam. Some, like Cunningham, had some initial
reservations about using the computer for the exam, but later
found the system easy to navigate.
“Some of them do come in
with a little anxiety about the computer, and so we tell them,
‘Think of the mouse as your pencil, and you’re reading and
clicking versus reading and shading (on a scantron),’ ” test
administrator Harriet Foreman said. “And that sort of helps them
become more comfortable.”
The greatest advantage of
the computer test is testers learn their preliminary scores
immediately, except for the essay
Armstead said residents
usually have to wait up to three weeks for their paper test
scores to arrive in the mail.
“We have people trying to go
to college (or) their jobs are depending on it, they want to
know an answer quickly,” Armstead said. “And it helps motivate
them for the next test, and they go, ‘Oh, that wasn’t as hard as
I thought it would be.’ ”...........
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