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Poet, short story writer and novelist Ron Rash will be the community speaker at A-B Tech’s annual GED recognition ceremony at 7 p.m. June 13 in Ferguson Auditorium on the Asheville campus.
Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling novel, Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and four collections of stories. Short story, Burning Bright, won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Recipient of the O.Henry Prize, he holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian studies at Western Carolina University.
More than 360 students who earned their GEDs in the past year are eligible to participate in the ceremony. In addition, several GED graduates and College Bridge Scholarship recipients will offer reflections on their experience and triumph over life events.
A-B Tech offers the General Education Development (GED) diploma, which currently requires students to pass tests in five subject areas – writing skills, social studies, reading, math, and science. Students who pass the tests earn a GED awarded by the North Carolina Community College System.
Starting in 2014, a new GED test will begin replacing the 2002 GED test and A-B Tech is encouraging anyone needing to earn their credentials to sign up and pass the tests before the end of 2013.
Those who have passed some, but not all, of the 2002 GED tests need to complete the GED credential in 2013 before their scores expire. When GED Testing Service releases the 2014 GED Test, individual test scores from the 2002 GED Test Series will no longer be valid for GED completion, and students will need to re-take the tests with the new 2014 series in order to earn the GED credential.
“The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential,” said Karen Pauly, Director of the Basic Skills Program at A-B Tech. “So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. If you know anyone needing to finish, tell him or her about this opportunity. Support is available, right here at A-B Tech. We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass. We want them to succeed.”