GENERAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE TEST GRANTS
The importance of every adult having the resources to complete a High School education or to obtain a General Education Development Certificate (GED) cannot be stressed in a few words. The impact is more than just economical for the individual, their family, and for the state of Colorado. The DPF provides monetary grants for adults wishing to complete the GED Testing process.
This need has increased in 2013 with the institution of new GED testing the cost of test will increase from approximately $100 per test up to $150 per
The DPF considers all applicants for GED Testing Grants. Applicants must fill out an application and participate in an interview with the GED Testing Grants Review Board.
- The applicant must be 18 years of age or older
- Must have completed a GED program with an accredited organization
- Must have a financial need for the assistance
What is the impact on our communities?
There are over 50 million people in the United States over 18 who do not have a high school diploma. Each year almost a million high school students do not graduate with their class. (aenet.esuhsd.org/ged/fa.html; 01/12/2013) Adults obtaining a high school diploma or the equivalent General Education Development diploma (GED) are important to the individual, our local community and the state of Colorado.
The 1996 Colorado Literacy Research Initiative reported on a survey of 328 Coloradans who earned GED diplomas between October and December 1995.
Of the 235 graduates (70%) who responded felt that:
- A GED diploma is a stepping stone to higher education, mental and physical health, economic prosperity, and personal happiness…” (2/1997)
- Many became more involved and attended community events,
- 20 % voted in major elections
- 17% attended local community fairs.
- 2 out of 5 respondents or 39% reported some increased activity in their Community.
- 1 out of 5 obtained library cards for themselves or a child and used libraries more frequently.
Community Demographics – Dropping out of high school is related to a number of negative outcomes. For example, the median income of persons ages 18 through 67 who had not completed high school was roughly $25,000 in 2009. By comparison, the median income of persons ages 18 through 67 who completed their education with at least a high school credential, including a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, was approximately $43,000. (Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2009 Compendium Report)
Community Geographic’s – In Colorado high school participation and graduation rates are below the national average. Only 94.1% of residents aged 16 to 19 are either in high school or have graduated and 13.5% of the population lives below the national poverty level. (http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/10/15/americas-best-and-worst-educated-states/#ixzz2HDx3fgmi)
Community Psychographics- Stereotypical characteristics of a person with limited education and life experiences struggle with low self-confidence and self-esteem while earning minimum wage. They are over-whelmed with the possible responsibilities of owning their own minimum or “putting themselves out there.” Insecurities or lack of knowledge regarding dress, interview skills, application processes, and personal contacts in the position to offer quality referrals are obstacles for many.
Perhaps the most important responses to the above survey were that the respondents felt more optimistic about their own children’s future. We do too!
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