If you never finished high school or completed your GED, this summer is the time to get that important career step checked off your to-do list. Why? Because in 2014, the test is changing, and any progress you have made on the test will be wiped out. Not only that, the new test will be a lot harder.
That's the bad news. The good news is that Portlanders are mobilizing to help as many people pass as possible.
"In this economy you need to have a GED to get a basic entry level job," says Carole Scholl, manager of the Londer Learning Center, a Multnomah County program that works with people on parole or probation, or in court-mandated treatment. "With our high dropout rates we have a lot of people unable to return to school and unable to access employment."
As part of its GED Close-Out campaign Londer will be training GED tutors to work in the community as well as offering extra classes and tutoring. The aim is to make sure all adults and youth in the community can get the support they need to finish their GEDs.
So far, four community based programs have signed up to offer tutoring:
• The Rosewood Initiative, at 16126 SE Stark Street
• Africa House, at 621 N.E. 102nd Ave., 503-802-0082
• Straightway Services, in Northeast Portland, 503.516.9148
• Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, 717 N. Killingsworth Court, 503-797 7222
The message to anyone who knows they need a GED is to enroll in classes now. "Math takes time to pass," says Cheyenne Tuller, Londer's GED Coordinator. "Many students have delayed finishing their GED because they are afraid of math."
No matter how much you struggle with math, a team of tutors and teachers are ready to help you. And if someone you know never did learn to read, give them the heads up that they can get help to learn, no matter what their age.
Other places to get your GED include: SE Works, at 7916 SE Foster Road, Suite 103/104. 503-772-2300 and through Portland Community College, 2305 S.E. 82nd Ave., MTH 128, 971-722-6255