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Article posted: 4/22/2013 5:00 AM

New rules will create obstacles to GED

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I couldn't agree more with my fellow educators quoted in your March 4 article, "Some fear new high-tech GED a problem." Plans for the new 2014 GED exam will require computer access and a credit card, and likely cost more. These factors present additional obstacles for those many adults who lack a high school diploma or GED test credential and want a GED. Our education system should make it easier, not more difficult, to earn this critical certification.

Those without such credentials, on average, face higher unemployment rates and, if working, experience lower wages. Plus, their access to postsecondary education, so vital in today's job market, is severely restricted. Adults seeking their GED may wish to do so in 2013. To help, Everest College campuses now offer to the public a free GED test preparation and completion program with no obligation to enroll at Everest. However, no matter where you prep and test, the bottom line is this: Adults can improve their economic potential and lifestyle with a GED. I fervently encourage those without to obtain the credential.

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Terri Hines Regional

Vice President, Operations

Chicago Region

Everest College

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