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Fischer Joins Push for Completing GEDs

Tuesday March 22, 2011

Saying now is the time to get it done – Mayor Greg Fischer today joined in urging anyone without a high school diploma or equivalent to pursue and complete a GED.

Nearly 20 percent of Louisville adults – one out of every five – do not have a high school diploma or the equivalent, according to JCPS.

Fischer joined officials from the Jefferson County Public Schools' Adult Education Program and Louisville Free Public Library in announcing a goal of helping 1,350 students receive a GED in the fiscal year that ends June 30th – that's 350 more than last year.

To help make that happen, free GED testing and retesting is available. until that date. Free practice tests are also being made available at several locations in the community, including at many libraries.

“The income for a person with the equivalent of a high school diploma can be 25 to 50 percent higher than that of a person with only some high school,” Fischer said. “And, that money ricochets through our economy, helping retailers, landlords and real estate agents, and generating jobs and tax revenue for the city.”

Fischer urged anyone needing a GED to go ahead and start the process. The number to call is 485-3400. “If you've already started, but have let the cost of the test – or the demands of work and family – keep you from finishing, now is the time to get this done, Fischer said.

For more information including dates and locations for GED practice tests, click here to visit the Louisville Free Public Library website.