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Wayne County schools to debut new GED program

Aug. 25, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

WAYNE -- All three Wayne County high schools will serve among the more than two dozen in the state for a new GED pilot program.

As part of a change to state policy voted on by the West Virginia Board of Education recently, the state will now participate in the GED Option program through the American Council on Education GED Testing Service.

The policy is designed to help struggling high school students stay in school and earn a GED diploma. The program will allow students ages 16-18 to remain enrolled in high school while completing GED requirements. Currently, those under age 18 who want to pursue a GED must withdraw from school before taking the GED test.

West Virginia's program goes further by allowing potential GED students to remain in career and technical education courses. These students will be able to earn a GED as well as certification in their chosen career-technical field resulting in a high school diploma. The GED is recognized by 98 percent of employers, as well as colleges and universities.

The program will be piloted by 26 county school systems at 16 Career and Technical Education Centers. Students in the GED Option program will be expected to attend GED preparation classes and the GED tests; complete a 21st Century Global Skills job preparation program; complete four required core courses in a skilled pathway concentration or any program of study resulting in a certification; meet standards on the WorkKeys job skills assessment, if applicable; reach or exceed the cut scores on the End-of-Concentration Performance Assessment, if applicable; and complete additional classes via West Virginia Virtual School.

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