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Vol. 44, Number 59

July 29, 2010

 

Four Missouri GED Recipients Awarded
Scholarships at National Convention

 

Four Missouri residents who have earned the General Educational Development (GED) credential will receive a one-time grant to help continue their education.

The winners were honored at a banquet last night as part of the national 2010 GED Administrators Conference in St. Louis. The Missouri GED Testing Program is hosting this year’s national conference, which began Monday and ends today.

Part of the American Council on Education, the GED Testing Service pays three of the grants directly to the designated public or private colleges or universities that the recipients are attending. The fourth grant, awarded in partnership with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to a GED recipient currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree nursing program, is also paid directly to the designated institution.

The recipients of the 2010 postsecondary scholarships are:

Flora Bradley, Kansas City ($3,000 scholarship from ANCC)
Melissa Helm, Farmington ($3,000 scholarship)
Kenneth Ross, Blue Springs ($3,000 scholarship)
Cordilia Stewart, Mountain Grove ($3,000 scholarship)

Bill Poteet, director of the Missouri GED Testing Program and chair of the scholarship selection committee, said the committee received many worthy applications.

“A new national report indicates that 72 percent of GED credential recipients enroll in postsecondary education within three years of passing the test,” Poteet said. “Some postsecondary education beyond high school or the GED is fast becoming a requirement in the job market. The scholarship winners represent a focus on college and careers that our nearly 10,000 annual test-passers share.”

The GED Test gives adults who did not finish a formal high school program the chance to show that they have attained a high school level of academic knowledge and skills. According to the GED Testing Service’s fact sheet, 98 percent of colleges and universities accept the GED credential. Also, 96 percent of companies accept applicants with a GED credential for jobs requiring a high school degree.

Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro said it is gratifying that adults without high school diplomas are realizing the value of the GED credential in this tight job market.

“We also recognize the importance of promoting the availability of no-cost GED test-preparation services made possible through state and federal monies,” Nicastro said. “In Missouri, people who take advantage of the free help of Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) centers stand a much better chance of passing the GED Test than those who do not.”

Missouri’s AEL centers help adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members and citizens. Recent statistics show that the pass rate among Missouri GED test-takers who also enrolled in AEL classes increased from 87 to 89 percent between 2008 and 2009. This goes against an overall decline in the state’s pass rate during the same period.

For more information about Missouri’s GED and AEL programs, please visit ged.mo.gov.

Revised 8-4-10