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Kansas Board of Regents Launches GED Completion Program

15 December 2014

(Topeka, Kansas) – There are over 230,000 adult Kansans without a high school diploma, but earning a GED while also gaining a technical certificate is easier than ever before thanks to record-setting support from the state of Kansas and the Department for Children and Families. Now the challenge is to get the word out.

Launching this month, “Get Unstuck!” is a promotional campaign created by the Kansas Board of Regents to inform those eligible for enrollment – along with their friends and families, who according to surveys are the best source of motivation for students successfully completing the GED test in Kansas. Free tuition is available for those who are eligible.

“This is the perfect time to get the word out, with the anticipation of New Year’s resolutions and visits with friends and family,” stated Zoe Thompson, Director of Workforce Training & Education. “In as little as four months, a person can receive financial support and go from having no high school diploma to graduating with a GED and meaningful technical certificate. This is an amazing opportunity.”

Since January 2012, an initiative called Accelerating Opportunity: Kansas (AO-K) has been specifically helping those without a GED or any college credential to “get unstuck”. During the 2014 legislative session, $500,000 was earmarked as tuition assistance for students enrolled in an Adult Education program affiliated with a college which has an AO-K program, so that these students can also enroll in a career technical education program and have their tuition waived. The community or technical college then reports these students to the Board of Regents office and are provided funds to cover their tuition for technical education courses.

For a complete list of occupations qualifying for tuition-support, enrollment phone numbers, and enrollment deadlines, go online: KansasRegents.org/GetUnstuck. To inquire about completing your GED and obtaining a technical certificate from Pratt Community College, call 620-450-2217.