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May 9, 2014
Greene is first HCC graduate to complete new GED® computer-based testing
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) graduate Bryan Greene will be marching in Saturday’s commencement exercises at the College. Greene is HCC’s first graduate to complete 2014 General Educational Development (GED)® test requirements through computer-based testing.

A resident of Whitakers, Greene was struggling in school and didn’t feel that he was benefiting. He wanted to make his own money and knew he needed a GED® diploma. "I wanted it bad enough to focus myself," said Greene.

Since earning his diploma, he is not wasting any time in finding employment. He has already submitted applications to area businesses.

Greene offered some comments on pursuing the GED®. "Don’t rush through it. Complete it at your own pace," he said. "Set a goal for when you want to finish it, work towards that and don’t slack off…I would recommend HCC. The staff is friendly and helpful. There was no one here who didn’t support me. "

More education is in his future. Greene plans to study welding, automotive and electrical systems at HCC. He would also like to join his local volunteer fire department, giving back and helping in the community.

Greene is in good company. From May 2013 to May 2014, HCC’s Adult Basic Education/GED® program produced 104 graduates.

And, there’s more good news—new lower test rates. In North Carolina, effective May 1, all students taking the GED® exam are required to pay $20 per test, totaling $80 for the four required GED® tests. If students don’t pass, they will receive two discounted retakes for every GED® subject test purchased. The discounted retake fee is $10. Discounted retakes are valid for 12 months after the first attempt. The previous fee for the complete battery of tests was $120, not including any retakes.

On Jan. 2, the GED® Testing Services began the new 2014 GED® tests. These tests are computer-based, but not offered online through the Internet. The GED® exam offers high school equivalency credentials to individuals who did not obtain a high school diploma. Classes do not have registration fees; however, students are required to pay for exam fees. The 2014 GED® testing series consist of literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. The new GED® tests are more in line with the state’s Common Core Standards. These new GED® tests are designed to help prepare students to be college and career ready.

HCC offers the GED® program through the Workforce Development, Continuing Education and Community Services Division. The GED® program is one part of the College’s Literacy Education program. The summer semester starts May 19. The next Adult Basic Education/GED® New Student Orientation will be held May 20-22 from 9 a.m.-1p.m. with a second session from 5-9 p.m. In order to meet enrollment requirements, new on-campus students are required to attend one session each day.

For students who took GED® tests before 2014 and did not complete GED® requirements, these GED® tests have expired and students must start over. However, motivated and qualified literacy education instructors are in place to help each student reach his or her educational goals.

For more information about GED® testing, visit gedtestingservice.com or contact HCC Director of Literacy Tamba O. Thompson at 252-536-7235, Therman Taylor at 252-536-6362, Tiffany Hale at 252-536-6342, Brenda Cousins at 252-536-7240 or George Holley at 252-536-6395.

Bryan Greene
Bryan Greene
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239