Local teens and adults take GED test

According to the GED Testing Service, 540,000 people passed the GED Test in 2014.  The latest numbers showed 2015 with a 90 percent drop, at just 55,000 passing nationally.  Still, some people in Kentucky are making personal progress.
 
Devin Ross is 16 years old.  He said he left Dunbar High School in Lexington in November because it was not a healthy learning environment for him.
 
"Everybody might think it’s easier than being in high school or anything like that, but it is challenging," said Ross.
 
Ross took the social studies and science sections of the General Education Development Test on Tuesday.  He had already passed the reading and math.  He credits some of his success to classes he’s been taking at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in the adult education program.  Also, he’s a part of the city’s Path to Success program where social worker Stephanie Love provides transportation and a support system.  Love said a big focus of the program is not only preparing them for the test but for life.
 
"Those moments where a kid gets their GED or makes it to something… Makes it to a class. They get to do small things but you get to celebrate those things that make a big difference for them individually," said Love.
 
In 2014 the Jessamine County Adult Education Center was ranked in Kentucky’s Top Ten for GED Attainment. That was for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that included scores from the old and the new GED.
 
"There are myths out there in the community that you can’t pass it, but you absolutely can. A lot of our adults and kids having some success," explained Mary Davis, Jessamine County Adult Education Director.
 
After going through adult education and taking a qualifying test, someone seeking the GED can take their first module for free until February 28.  There’s also an incentive from the state that priced each test for $10, while the vouchers last.  Davis estimated there were about 5,000 vouchers to be used.
 
As for Ross, he knows he’s making the choice that is best for him and his future.
 
"In high school people look down on you. They say you can’t get a good enough job with the GED, but I don’t necessarily think that’s true. You have the same opportunity being successful either way," said Ross.
 
Ross said he would like to attend college and make the most out of himself.

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