|Title||Arkansas’s Top 25 GED Scorers to be Honored at State Capitol this Week|
|Description||LITTLE ROCK – The 25 highest scorers on Arkansas’s General Educational Development (GED®) Tests will be honored during a ceremony rotunda on the second floor of the state Capitol in Little Rock at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 21.
“The awards ceremony is a very special event for Adult Education in Arkansas because the top 25 GED scorers in Arkansas for 2010 will be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments,” said Department of Career Education GED Program Manager Janice Hanlon. “In 2010, 8,783 individuals took the test and 7,539 passed which reflects an 86 percent pass rate in Arkansas. The national rate stands at about 70 percent. Our adult education centers throughout the state do an excellent job preparing students for the tests.”
Ninety-seven percent of colleges accept GED credentials for undergraduate admission, and a recent survey showed that 95 percent of employers viewed the credential positively in corporate hiring. All 50 states use GED tests to measure the academic knowledge and award equivalency diplomas to residents who did not complete high school. Arkansas is one of only a few states nationwide that does not charge a fee to take the GED tests.
“People of all ages take the GED tests,” said Hanlon. “Last year, we had 43 Arkansans 60 years old or older take the GED. Anyone who passes the test is awarded an Arkansas High School Diploma. We are very proud of the individuals we are honoring.”
The Top 10 accepting and qualifying GED scorers will be awarded Second Effort scholarships from the Department of Higher Education in the amount of $1,000 each year for four years. The scholarships will be awarded contingent upon legislative approval.
There was a tie for the top score in 2010. Both Celeste Thornton of Jefferson County and Hector Fernandez of Little Rock scored 768 out of a possible 800 on the GED tests. Thornton plans to further her education by attending the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and studying anthropology, after which she would like to work for a non-profit organization. Fernandez also plans to attend UALR and is interested in studying computer science, after which he would like to pursue a career in information technology.|