“There are 470,000 Arkansas adults who don’t have a high school diploma, and that’s about 16 percent of our population,” Dr. Charisse Childers, Director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education said. “Those individuals could benefit from an Adult Ed service, just as these students have. When it comes to GED® test preparation, I’m happy to report Arkansas is leading the way nationally.”
In 2018, 88 percent of Arkansans who took the GED® examination passed. The national aver- age is 80 percent.
“By enrolling in an Adult Education program, our students are choosing to enrich their lives and those of their families,” Childers continued. “When our students obtain the education skills they need to get ahead, they also boost the economy and community in which they live. Our students move on to pursue postsecond- ary education and high-skilled and higher pay- ing jobs that would otherwise be beyond their reach had they not come into one of our Adult Education Centers.”
Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. gave the commencement address and encouraged graduates to look to the future.
“Continue to be unapologetically bold,” he said. “Understand that today, you’ve succeeded, and now it is time to be concerned about the future and your impact on it.”
Preceding the graduates’ walk across stage, Dianne Doyle, High School Equivalency Administra- tor for Arkansas Adult Education announced that many had received college credit or achieved a college-ready status.
The American Council on Education has recommended that the new, rigorous testing through GED® qualifies a student to be granted college-ready status for test takers who have reached a score of 165 on a scale of 200,” she said. “Being designated as college ready allows a student seeking higher education to enter directly into credit-bearing college courses, saving time and money by not having further testing or taking remediation courses. Test takers reaching a score of 175 are awarded up to 10 hours of college credit toward a degree, the same as students who have passed tests after taking advance placement courses.”
Doyle also announced a partnership with four Arkansas community colleges that will award the credit to graduates scoring 175 on the test: Northwest Arkansas Community College; Southern Arkansas University Tech; University of Arkansas Community College – Batesville; and National Park College. More than 50 graduates from last night’s graduation qualified for this distinction.
With 36 Adult Education centers across the state, adults can enroll in free programs by calling 1.877.963.4GED (4433). For more information about Central Arkansas Adult Education Gradua- tion contact LC Rapert at 501.492.4900 or LC@designgroupmarketing.com.