There is no better time to go for a GED than right now.
That’s the message that Rod Knox from Four County Vocational Cooperative is working to let everyone know.
Currently, Four County is working in the area to provide free adult education classes to help prepare people for the GED. The only cost for participants will be for the test itself.
Knox is also letting the community know that the GED is changing. Along with an increase in the cost of the test expected in 2014, those who do not pass all five sections of the test will need to retake the entire test. Currently, they only have to take the portion that they did not pass.
“This is the time to do it,” Knox emphasized. “Most companies accept the GED as an equivalent to a diploma for employment.”
A grant that is being administered by the LaGrange County Community Foundation is helping provide the classroom assistance to those interested in pursuing a GED. There are currently three sites in the county that host classes:
Vistula Head Start in LaGrange, Tuesdays and Thursday, noon to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, 3:30 to 7:30.
Topeka Branch Library, Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday noon to 4 p.m.
Stroh Church of Christ, Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Knox said that they are working on setting up a site in Shipshewana.
Those signing up for the classes go through an orientation to determine their academic level. They can then choose the class of their choice.
Knox also pointed out that companies in the area can arrange to have onsite GED classes with 10 or more employees in the class.
“This is an opportunity to get the GED and open up doors for themselves,” Knox said. “A lot of students get their GED and go onto tech schools and other opportunities.”
Those interested in getting started with GED classes can contact Four County at 1-888-349-0250, ext. 251.