Statistics show there are 34 to 38 million people in the U.S. who never graduated from high school. Many of those have most likely considered getting their GED.
The GED exam is a five-part test that measures a person’s knowledge and academic skills in the areas of math, reading, writing, social studies and science. Individuals who successfully pass the assessment are awarded the General Educational Development Certificate. Having a GED opens the door to more employment opportunities and a brighter future. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over a lifetime, a GED graduate will earn $200,000 more than a high school dropout.
Rend Lake College offers free classes to help people who have not graduated from high school prepare for the GED exam. RLC Adult Education and Literacy Program staff can help individuals decide whether they need to study for all five parts of the tests, or concentrate their efforts on a couple of subject areas.
GED classes are offered at convenient locations in Benton, Mt. Vernon, Pinckneyville, McLeansboro and Christopher. Another option for some students who are unable to attend a class is to take free GED courses on-line. GED on-line course can be taken from any computer with Internet access. Students must meet some requirements when applying for GED On-line.
To receive information about free GED classes call the Rend Lake College Adult Education and Literacy Program at 618-437-5321, ext. 1241 or
toll free (in-district only) 1-800-369-5321, ext. 1241.