Jail Inmates Hold GED Graduation

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Tuesday eight inmates took part in the Warren County Regional Jail's first ever GED graduation ceremony. It was inmate Derick Slaughter's dream, and with some help, he made it come true.

Derick was unable to attend his regular GED graduation with others at Bowling Green Technical College, so he persisted in having it held in the jail. Graduating with Derick Tuesday were Candice Acosta, Lamonte Woods, Bradley Hale, Guillermo Alvarez Garcia, Senior, Eleazar Marin, Junior, Christopher Pearson, and Luiz Avilla.

Derick hopes this will inspire other inmates to get their GED's. The program is administered through Bowling Green Technical College, and financed with state and federal grant money.

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General Education Development

  • More than 800,000 adults take the GED Tests each year.

  • Those who obtain scores high enough to earn a GED diploma outperform at least one-third of today’s high school seniors.

  • GED graduates include: Bill Cosby, Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, Delaware’s Lieutenant Governor Ruth Ann Minner, and U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell.

  • One out of every seven people who graduate each year earns that diploma by passing the GED Tests.

  • More than 95 percent of employers in the U.S. consider GED graduates the same as traditional high school graduates in regard to hiring, salary, and opportunity for advancement.

  • In 1999, nearly 860,000 adults took the GED Tests, a 4.5 percent increase over 1998 figures.

  • Of that 860,000, more than 750,000 completed the five tests in the GED battery.

  • Of those who completed, 70 percent (526,411) earned the scores needed for a GED
    high school equivalency credential.

  • An estimated 14.2 million adults have earned a GED credential since 1949.

  • The average GED test-taker in 1999 was 24.6 years old.

  • As in previous years, about 67 percent of test-takers reported having completed tenth grade or higher before leaving school.

  • More than 37 percent completed eleventh grade or higher before leaving high school.

  • Roughly two-thirds of 1999 GED test-takers say they plan to enroll in postsecondary education and training.

  • This percentage has risen steadily over the years—from 35 percent in 1949, to 54 percent in 1989, to 65 percent.

  • This trend reflects the shift to an information-based economy that requires more education and training for entry-level jobs.

Source: www.acenet.edu (American Council on Education Web site) contributed to this report.