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November 13, 2009
Gwinnett Tech Honored for GED Program
Gwinnett Technical College has been honored for its significant role in improving lives and job potential for adult learners seeking their GED® diploma. GTC was recognized last month during the state's annual GED® awards luncheon, hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia's Office of Adult Education.
In both 2007 and 2008, Gwinnett Tech had the largest number of GED® test takers among like-sized GED® Test Centers in Georgia. In 2007, 979 Gwinnett Tech test takers passed the GED® and the college recorded a pass rate of 74.6 percent. In 2008, 1,062 Gwinnett Tech GED® students passed the test, a pass rate of 77.3 percent. The average state pass rate is about 63 percent.
"We applaud the hard work and perseverance of these adult learners who've made the courageous choice to continue their education and improve their lives and the lives of their families," says Alberto Leyva, director of adult education, Gwinnett Tech.
These students at Gwinnett Tech were among almost 20,000 Georgians who earned a GED® diploma last year.
More than 1.1 million Georgians over the age of 25 are without their high school or GED®® diploma. Many face considerable odds against achieving personal success, including a greater chance of being incarcerated. Their likelihood of suffering from low self-esteem is higher, and most will earn an average of $9,000 less a year than a high school graduate.
Last year, the Technical College System of Georgia's Office of Adult Education enrolled more than 95,000 students in adult education programs. The 19,696 adult education students who earned their GED® diploma last year increased their combined earning potential by almost $144 million dollars.
For more information about the GED® program at Gwinnett Tech, call 678-226-6662 or visit www.GwinnettTech.edu/GED.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate program options that you can finish 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, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. 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 call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.