GED Prep Program Helping to Boost Earnings Potential
Hillary Dennis of Peyton studies mathematics during a GED prep class Feb. 18 at Patriot Learning Center in Falcon School District 49. Dennis, 52, moved from Jamaica in 2011, bringing a promise to herself that she'd earn a high school equivalency diploma. Her son is a radiologist and her oldest daughter is a fashion designer and massage therapist. Inspired by her children's continued education, Dennis says completing her GED will improve her access to higher paying jobs. The testing requirements transitioned this year, covering four content areas: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies. Kathy McCullohs, GED prep teacher, says the tests, now administered exclusively on computers, are aligning with new rigorous state standards and focusing on critical thinking and problem-solving skills for improved college and career readiness. Scores are generated within three hours, and are accompanied by detailed and personalized feedback. The school's prep classes take place every Tuesday and Thursday evening.