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EARN YOUR G.E.D.: Bowman course to resume this month for potential grads

August 08, 2014

Bowman County Pioneer August 8, 2014
(Submitted by Heidi J. Bloomgren, Bowman satellite part-time G.E.D. instructor)

Over the course of a lifetime, individuals who have earned their high school diploma or their General Education Diploma, G.E.D., earn significantly higher incomes than those who do not.

Over the course of a lifetime, individuals who have earned their high school diploma or their General Education Diploma, G.E.D., earn significantly higher incomes than those who do not. Once a person has earned their G.E.D. or high school diploma, the doors to higher education and special training opportunities, open to them. Education is never a waste of time and effort. Without education, it honestly is tough to get ahead in life. Have the courage to make a difference in your life by obtaining your G.E.D.

Bowman’s General Education Diploma or G.E.D. instruction will resume Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Aug. 13 at the Bowman County Library, and each Wednesday thereafter following the school calendar. Use the south door entrance located at the back of library. Additional instruction times may be made by appointment by calling Heidi Bloomgren, G.E.D. instructor, at 275-6850. Leave your name, phone number, dates/times desired, and effort will be made to accommodate your needs.

The Bowman satellite G.E.D. program is sponsored by the Dickinson Adult Learning Center. The one time only registration fee is $25.00 with no further charges until the last three G.E.D. tests. A special program funded by the state of North Dakota pays the cost of the first two G.E.D. tests taken by G.E.D. participants.

As stated instruction is available in Bowman, however the academic G.E.D. tests, five in total, may need to be taken in Dickinson. Formal testing arrangements have not been finalized. The five GED tests which need to be successfully completed to earn ones General Education Development diploma are: Language Arts – Writing, Language Arts – Reading, Science, Social Studies and Math.

G.E.D. instruction is individualized and specific to learner’s needs. An initial assessment is taken by students to determine their current knowledge levels in each of the five areas listed above. Based on scores received, teaching focuses on information not yet mastered. Time is not spent on what students already know which streamlines the process for students. You are urged to take part in the opportunity to further your future prospects by earning your G.E.D. diploma!

Additional information regarding the ND G.E.D. program can be found at the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction website: http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/adulted/ged/policy.shtm.

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