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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Library Program will Advance Education, Earnings

Tuesday September 12, 2006

Free GED testing available through June

LOUISVILLE (Sept. 12, 2006) – Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined with Library and Jefferson County Public Schools officials to announce a partnership that will help Louisville residents advance their education and career potential.

Beginning September 12, the Louisville Free Public Library will sponsor free GED testing for any qualified GED student who has a library card. The standard testing fee is $40; test-takers with a library card will pay nothing. The Library Foundation will pay for the cost of GED tests now through June of next year.

“Education levels are tied directly to earning levels, and by eLibraryxpanding the number of citizens who have completed their GED, we are bolstering Louisville’s workforce and competitive position,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “Through this program as well as its funding of educational materials and new technology in our libraries, the Library Foundation has become an enabler of lifelong learning in this community.”

A high school or high school-equivalent education earns a person $7,827 more a year on average than someone who never finished high school or a general education program. The impact of the 1,300 GED-holders expected to complete this Louisville Metroprogram has the potential to boost the Louisville workforce’s earning power by more than $10 million.

The Library offer is in partnership with the Jefferson County Public Schools Adult and Continuing Education.

“Our students tell us that the testing fee can be a barrier to them earning a GED,” said Julie Scoskie, JCPSACE director. “This free testing offer will have a big impact.”

To qualify, students need to successfully complete the GEDJefferson County Public Schools Official Practice Test and present their Louisville Free Public Library card when they sign up for the test.

“For several years now, the Library has provided excellent GED study aids on our web site,” said Craig Buthod, director of the Louisville Free Public Library. “This free GED testing offer is a natural extension of that service. It’s a powerful addition to our commitment to provide our community the kind of educational support that makes a real difference.”

The Library will also partner with JCPS Adult Education to offer GED preparation classes at select library branches to increase the number of class locations and add Saturday classes to the schedule options.

A series of commercials, print advertisements, flyers and mailers targeted to potential GED takers will begin this September. KentuckianaWorks is sponsoring a substantial radio ad campaign in support of this effort.

For more information and to sign up for classes call JCPS Adult Education at 485-7400.