Moultrie, Georgia--September 8, 2012
More than one million adults in Georgia do not have a high school diploma. In honor of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, Moultrie Technical College offered free practice GED tests on Saturday for adults who want to change that.
"Because of the economy, the way it is, it's hard to even find a fast food job now, and without a GED or high school diploma, I don't feel like you're gonna make it," said GED student Justin Collins.
Richard Corley also took the practice test Saturday. He said, "I'm just basically back to try and better myself, and help my sister really; to be an inspiration to her."
Instructors say this opportunity provides a second chance for adults who want to further their education.
"These students, they appreciate everything we offer," said Penny Redmond, a GED instructor at Moultrie Tech. "They're serious about their education. They come everyday, asking for homework, just right on top of learning."
Test takers say for them, having a GED not only means more job opportunities, but also higher self esteem.
"I think it'll make you feel better about yourself, whenever you go to get a job or career and you can take care of your family," said Collins.
"It's basically here to help us with what we can't accomplish on our own," added Corley. "So they help us to better ourselves, so that we can find a better trade and maybe even enter college somewhere else down the future."
Instructors say they hope these men and women pass on literacy to their children and future generations to come.
According to The U.S. Census Bureau, a person with a high school diploma or GED earns $10,000 more each year than a non-high school graduate.
Southwest Georgia Technical College will be offering a free GED practice test on Monday, September 10th and Wednesday, September 12th from 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.