January 15, 2013 | Vol. 73 No. 25

Urban League has new GED test prep

Everest Institute and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh have teamed up to provide a GED® test preparation and completion and college bound program that is free and open to the public.

Anyone interested in enrolling in the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s Urban Empowerment College-Bound Program, which begins this month, should contact  Nena Ansari at 412-227-4159.

“We commend Everest Institute for taking the initiative to fill an important need in our community,” said Esther L. Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. “Too many jobs in our community go unfilled because of a skills gap. This program represents an important first step in giving people the skills they need to succeed.”

According to GED Testing Service®, 40 million adults in the United States lack a high school diploma or GED test credential, including more than 1.6 million in Pennsylvania. 

The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s GED curriculum is a free program of study that includes tutoring sessions, classroom instruction and weekly meetings with an advisor to assess progress. Test fees are waived. Students who qualify for the Urban Empowerment College-Bound Program also receive tutoring and flexible class hours.

To put them on the road for educational success, they receive financial counseling, one-on-one career coaching, and a graduation ceremony upon completion.

“The National Urban League and the entire Urban League movement are committed to preparing every American student for college, work and life,” said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “As communities of color begin to recover from historically high rates of unemployment, no single factor is more important to that recovery than education. This program doesn’t simply offer an opportunity for a GED test credential, it represents the possibility of a productive and prosperous future.”

According to the American Council on Education and the GED Testing Service, students who complete a formal test preparation program and pass the Official GED Practice Test™ have higher pass rates than those who study independently.

Adults without a high school diploma face tremendous obstacles to achieving their economic potential.  On average, their unemployment rates are higher and their wages lower than those with a GED credential or high school diploma. For these adults, access to postsecondary education and training, a requirement for many jobs in today’s competitive economy, is also severely restricted.

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