New GED testing center hopes to encourage students - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/31/10

New GED testing center hopes to encourage students to further their education

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - For about a year the city of Lubbock has been without a General Educational Development or GED testing center, but on Tuesday that changed.

Thousands of students walk Texas Tech's campus hoping to one day graduate with a higher education, but for those who never received a high school diploma stepping foot on a campus like, Texas Tech, could seem out of reach.

"It is critical not only to them or to their families, but really to our society that they get that second chance," said Linda Rowntree with the Region 17 Educational Service Center.

Now getting that second chance will be more convenient. On Tuesday Texas Tech University Independent School District held a grand opening for the only GED testing center in Lubbock.

"They will take their classes elsewhere but they will come here to take their examination," said Texas Tech ISD Superintendent Gib Weaver.

Texas Tech ISD is an accredited home school program for children in grades K through 12 and Weaver says with the new testing center the university is now associated with all levels of education.

"This is just another caveat that Texas Tech is able to offer the general public and that is to have a GED program to dovetail with our diploma program," said Weaver.

Rowntree says in the last five years their centers has worked with 10,000 people, but only 1000 of them went on to take the GED test. That's a number she hopes will increase with the new testing center location.

"I think they will have access to some things through Texas Tech that they didn't have access to before," said Rowntree.

"Hopefully some of these students who get their GED will want to go on Texas Tech University," said Weaver. The first GED test will be given here on September 25th.

For more information on obtaining your GED, clickhere.

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