GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON – As family and friends filled the campus of Gwinnett Technical College, Gwinnett Tech’s Adult Education department reached another milestone, graduating more than 400 GED® students for the spring 2018 semester.
Stephanie Rooks, Gwinnett Tech’s dean of Adult Education says, “Every one of these students has taken the next step of their life and are now equipped with the skills, resources, training and guidance needed to advance into college or a career.”
Rebecca Alexander, Vice President of Academic Affairs, shared in her keynote address “it’s not the piece of paper you will receive today that makes the difference. It’s what you do with it. Your GED will show the world that you set a life goal, you persevered when it got tough, and you accomplished what you set out to do. You’ve got determination and grit.”
Kathryn Mulvaney, the GED® graduate speaker and Technical College System of Georgia Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education finalist, asked graduates what was your “why” for earning your GED and prompting them to never forget their why. “The most powerful thing that you can do to change your future is to understand your “why”. Was it to get a better job? To go to college? To set an example for your kids? Or, like me, was it to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I am capable, and I can prove it.”
Gwinnett Tech’s Adult Education department offers one of the top GED® programs in Georgia. In 2017 the College had the most GED® graduates in the state and the program received recognition as the 2017 GED® Testing Center of the Year. Gwinnett Tech’s Adult Education department serves approximately 2,300 GED® prep students each year.
More than 1.1 million Georgians over the age of 18 are without their high school or GED diploma. Gwinnett Tech offers six adult education centers in Gwinnett (including partnerships with Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department, Gwinnett County Public Schools and Gwinnett Juvenile Court) and three centers in North Fulton, as well as four GED® Testing Centers. Orientation, assessments and classes are offered to students for free. The cost to take the GED® test is just $40 per subject area. Residents of Georgia who earn a GED® may also be eligible for a $500 HOPE GED® grant, which can be used toward continuing postsecondary education in Georgia. To learn more about the GED® program at Gwinnett Tech, visit GwinnettTech.edu/ged or call 678-226-6702.