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Adult Education Recognized for Work in Bartow, Cherokee, Gilmer and Pickens

(Acworth, Ga. – Oct. 11, 2013) The Technical College System of Georgia recently recognized Adult Education at Chattahoochee Technical College for meeting or exceeding enrollment and educational functioning level achievement goals. The program was one of 13 in the state to receive such recognition.

“It is gratifying to see our work recognized,” said Executive Director for Adult Education Jon Collins. “Our instructors and staff work very hard to prepare students throughout our service area for the GED. But their work goes beyond that. They are preparing these students to succeed on the exams, to succeed in the workplace and to have a better life for themselves and their families.”

Chattahoochee Technical College offers free GED preparation classes and pre-test assessments  at locations in Bartow, Cherokee, Gilmer and Pickens counties. Hundreds of students take the classes that offer specialized instruction for those who have not earned a GED or high school diploma. Students are also provided with resources and information about continuing their education at the college or university level.

With a new version of the GED on the horizon, Adult Education officials at Chattahoochee Technical College are encouraging those who have not yet earned a GED to pass all sections of the test before a new version is launched January 2, 2014.

“Those who have taken the current GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass,” explained Collins. “Partial scores are not going to carry over when the new test is implemented. That means students will have to start over again in 2014 to receive their high school equivalency credential.”

The test itself, which is now available in a computerized version at local testing centers, costs $32 per section. Each of the test’s five parts can be taken separately and in any order. Test-takers must pass all five parts to receive the high school equivalency credential.

Today, more than 1.2 million Georgians over the age of 25 are without their high school or GED diploma. As a result, many face considerable odds against achieving personal success, including the ability to qualify for a good-paying job. Last year, almost 17,000 Georgians changed their lives for the better and improved their job potential by earning their GED diploma. In doing so, they took an important step toward new opportunities and greater accomplishments.

“We see students come through these doors for a variety of reasons,” Collins said. “But whatever the reason they did not succeed before, that’s in the past. Walking through the door means a clean slate and a new beginning for an education.”

In addition to being recognized for meeting or exceeding federal benchmarks, former Adult Education student Cora Lee Strickland was also honored as a Golden Graduate. She was 67 years old when she earned her GED in Dec. 2012.

For more information about Chattahoochee Technical College and the college’s Adult Education  Program, visit

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