Council Member Darius Brown Urges His Constituents and Others to Earn Their GED NOW!

Posted on  02/19/2013 10:30 am

A Wilmington legislator says it’s important for citizens to know that the General Educational Development (GED®) Test, which provides those who have not completed high school an opportunity to obtain a secondary credential, will undergo significant changes in 2014. That’s why City Council Member Darius Brown (D-3rd District) is urging his constituents in Wilmington’s Eastside communities, and others throughout Delaware who want to obtain a GED® Certificate, to do so this year instead of waiting until next year.

“The GED® Certificate has been a lifeline to jobs and careers for many people for many years,” said Council Member Brown. “Many, if not most, of the people who enter GED® prep  programs do so because they are lacking certain technical or computer-based skills and knowledge about basic subjects like math, science or English.”

Brown and others at today’s news conference said beginning in 2014 however, someone seeking a GED® credential will need computer-based skills, knowledge of an expanded curriculum and be required to write more narrative answers in addition to completing multiple choice questions. The cost of the test will increase to $120 for the entire battery in comparison to the current $75 fee.  Enrollment in the state’s adult basic education programs, which prepare adult learners for the GED® test, will continue to be free.  The new GED Test will be aligned with the Common Core State Standards, which Delaware adopted so that every student in the public school K-12 system willgraduate ready for college and career.

“Students will be prepared to successfully plan and pursue an education and career path aligned to their personal goals, with the ability to adapt and innovate as demands change,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said.

“While I am not opposed to updating the GED® Test process to give citizens a more competitive edge in the workplace,” Council Member Brown continued, “I do know that there are people who will not be able to attain a GED® credential under the new format. So, my message is, that now is the time to enter the GED prep program instead of waiting until next year.”

Maureen Whelan, director of adult and prison resources for the Delaware Department of Education, said about 13% of adult Delawareans do not have a GED® Certificate or a high school diploma making it very hard to get a job, enter training programs or apply to colleges.

According to experts, by 2018, 59% of all jobs in the state will require some post secondary education/training past a high school diploma. Now is the time to invest in an education if a person wants to opportunities in this job market.

Also present for today’s announcement were Mary Kate McLaughlin, Chief of Staff to State Education Secretary Murphy, Lee Bunting, Senior Executive Director of the YMCA’s Walnut Street Branch which is a GED® prep program site in Wilmington, Daphne Mathews, Administrator of the Christina School District’s Adult Education Program, and Kathy Butler, Adult Education Coordinator for the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District.

Visit this link for a list of GED program sites that are convenient to City of Wilmington residents.®