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Technical college to provide GED help
Job openings listed by the Georgia Department of Labor have a common theme: Most require a high school diploma.

Shawn Williams, director of the adult education program at Altamaha Technical College, said the job postings illustrate why it's important for someone who did not finish high school to earn a General Equivalency Diploma.

"Getting a GED is the first step towards moving into the workforce," Williams said.

As part of National Literacy Month, technical colleges across the state are reaching out to help people who want to earn a diploma and improve their access to employment opportunities.

During the third week of September, Altamaha Tech is offering a GED Boot Camp to give students who are preparing to take the five-part test to earn a diploma the boost they need to pass.

"We are seeking to work with students who are very close to taking the GED," Williams said. "The boot camp will give them a week's worth of intense coverage in both writing and math."

The two subjects tend to be the most difficult, Williams said.

Students in the camp will be given a pre-test to assess where they are and where they need to be to pass, he added.

The boot camp will be a mix of both classroom instruction and self directed study designed to address a student's weak areas, Williams said.

In the end, he hopes camp students will be able to pass the battery of five GED exams and earn their diploma.

"Doing so will help their families and their ability to get a job," Williams said. "We are very excited about it."

During the fourth week in September, the adult education program will offer free practice tests in all five subject areas covered by the GED to allow prospective students to get an idea of what they need to do to earn their diplomas.

Sign up

The GED Boot Camp, hosted by Altamaha Technical College's adult education program, will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 to Sept. 21 at the adult education center, 2301 Stonewall St., Brunswick. There are 50 spaces available. Students must register by Wednesday to be ready for a pre-test Thursday.

Free GED practice testing will be available at the center from Sept. 24 to Sept. 28.



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