Prepare For Success
Community College of Philadelphia Helping City to Prepare for Changes to GED Exam

PHILADELPHIA, April 8, 2013—If you are among the thousands of Philadelphians without a high school diploma or GED, your future is calling.

This is one call you should answer without delay, advises David E. Thomas, Dean, Division of Adult and Community Education, at Community College of Philadelphia. Starting January 2, 2014, the General Educational Development test, commonly referred to as the high school equivalency exam, is getting a makeover. The changes are expected to make the lengthy exam more challenging academically, and the exam fee will jump to $120 from $70. In addition, a pen and paper version of the test will be eliminated, so all test-takers will require basic computer skills.

The College has joined with other educational partners in the region in publicizing the changes, and encouraging Philadelphians to complete their GED this year. GED classes will be held in June and September to prepare students to take the current version of the exam. (For more information about GED preparation classes, call 215-751-8376 or visit In addition, it will host College for a Day on April 19th for recent new GED recipients to showcase the range of career options now open to them. “We want them to understand that the GED is not the end, but rather a beginning,” Thomas says. “In today’s difficult economy, employers often require entry-level workers to have occupational certifications. Many employers no longer offer in-house training programs.”

The College currently offers 31 academic and proficiency certificate programs, some of which take less than a year to complete. These programs offer a fast-track to employment in sectors such as automotive services, pharmaceuticals, health care, culinary arts and criminal justice. Students may be eligible to receive financial aid for academic certification programs requiring 16 or more credits. All credits can later apply toward one of the College’s associate’s degree programs should a student decide to pursue a degree.

College for a Day will bring together about 160 individuals from 10 GED training programs throughout the city. The event will run from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Room S2-19, in the Winnet Student Life Building, located on 17th Street south of Spring Garden Street. Media are invited.