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July 13, 2009
Gwinnett Tech GED® Program Merits National Attention
Pre-Ged Program Chosen for Federal Study; Chief Examiner Will Participate on National Marketing Team
The faculty and staff of Gwinnett Technical College's GED® program are participating in two national initiatives designed to ultimately strengthen the effectiveness of adult education.
GTC's Pre-GED® program has been selected to participate in the Strengthening Adult Reading Instructional Practices (SARIP) study, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The study will focus on the effectiveness of the program's Student Achievement in Reading (STAR) adult reading program. The study examines the types of reading instructional methods and reading content that are being used in classes taught by STAR-trained instructors and the reading outcomes of adult learners who participate in these classes.
GTC's Pre-GED® program was selected based on factors such as the size and duration of the reading classes, the diagnostic assessments used in the classes, and the reading components that are taught in the classes. The study will begin this fall.
Additionally, Justine Lynch, Chief GED® Examiner at Gwinnett Tech, has been chosen to participate on the marketing team for the upcoming release of the newest GED® Tests, planned for 2012.
GED® Tests were first given in 1942 to those in the military or veterans who had not graduated high school but instead served our country. By 1974, citizens of all states could take the GED® Tests in order to achieve a General Education Development Diploma. Since that time, over 17 million people have earned a GED® credential.
In 2012, the American Council on Education will be releasing the fifth series of the GED® tests. In preparation for this release, the American Council on Education created a marketing team in Arizona and Georgia to assist in creating a new and innovative way to market this new test to the country. Lynch has been chosen for the team to increase the awareness of Georgia's GED® testing program.
Gwinnett Tech operates one of the largest adult education divisions in the technical college system, offering classes for GED® preparation and testing, English as a Second Language (ESL), civics and citizenship interview preparation.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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About Gwinnett Tech
Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, serves more than 21,000 students annually to meet the workforce training needs of the region. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech’s service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or callÂ 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College.Â In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visitÂ www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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