In a previous article we discussed the yearly income discrepancy between a high school drop out and a high school graduate - $21,000.00 versus $31,000.00 per year. Additionally, those with a high school diploma have seen a lower unemployment rate versus those with no degree. Certainly, there are numerous advantages to completing a high school degree, including significant financial advantages.
For those residents of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh region wanting to earn a GED, the equivalent of a high school diploma, there is a tremendous resource available to help them accomplish that goal through free GED classes at CCAC.
The Community College of Allegheny County offers free GED Preparedness classes funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The length of the course depends on a skills assessment test given by the college. Reading, writing, and math classes are stressed throughout the program, and a successful completion of this free GED class will earn participants a GED certificate.
As an additional incentive to continue their education after successfully completing this particular GED program, CCAC offers a discount on college tuition by providing three credits of class time at no charge through their “GED Scholarship Program” for those Allegheny County residents successfully acquiring their GED diploma. Residents who receive the three free credits must still pay for their books and other study materials.
GED Scholarship Program
Allegheny County Residents who acquire the GED Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma are eligible for one tuition-free 3-credit course at CCAC within six months of obtaining the diploma. Students are responsible for associated fees, books, materials, and supplies.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
In order to qualify for the tuition-free course, you MUST:
-be an Allegheny County resident.
-register at CCAC within 180 days of receipt of your GED Diploma.
-provide proof of residency and the GED Diploma upon enrollment in the course.