Posted:17 February 2016
Author: Cheryl Lovstrom, Community Learning Network
Found in: Community Capacity Building
GED officially stands for General Education Development, but most of us know it as the General (or high school) Equivalency Diploma. It is a program that has been around for decades, and demand for it has waxed and waned with the economy. In the current economic climate. CALPs should be prepared for it to be in high demand. GED fits within the CALP Guidelines as a Community Capacity Building program.
The GED is the series of tests learners will take once they are fully prepared, and can be written in select centres in Alberta (usually at a college test centre). It was created to test four core areas: English (Reading and Writing), Math, Science, Social Studies.
The GED is not the same as GED Prep. Many CALPs offer a GED Prep course to help learners prepare for the test, but anyone can challenge the exam without attending a course at all. If you don’t happen to have a GED prep course running, there are some good resources you can recommend to help learners do just that. Steck-Vaughan’s Complete Canadian GED is an excellent resource used by many CALPs in Alberta, and is set up for self-study as well as classroom use (most public libraries will have a copy, or you can order online through Chapters or Amazon).
It’s important to know not all learners who come in to register for a GED Prep course should actually be there. Before you sign someone up, ask a few simple questions to be sure:
So when should someone take the GED? GED is good for people who:
And when should you recommend something else? You should recommend the learner consider another option when:
Knowing what to ask, when to ask it, and how to ask it in a non-threatening way are great tools for every CALP staff’s toolbox. No matter what your learner decides to do, you will know you have recommended the best course of action to meet their needs. And that’s what CALPs do best.
CLN Regional Support Staff