ASTORIA — The GED is an educational credential that is the equivalent of a high school diploma. It is accepted by 98 percent of colleges and universities that require a high school diploma for entrance, as well as 96 percent of companies whose jobs require a high school degree. Workers with a GED get better jobs and have higher lifetime incomes than those without a high school degree or equivalent.

The GED (Tests of General Educational Development) is composed of a battery of four tests that address reasoning through language arts, social studies, science and mathematical reasoning. Students can proceed at their own pace. Cost for the GED tests is $152 and scholarships based on financial need are available.

Clatsop Community College offers free GED preparation classes in Astoria, Seaside and Clatskanie. The schedule of preparation classes can be found at www.clatsopcc.edu/ged. For more information regarding GED preparation classes, call 503-338-2347. GED preparation classes in Spanish are available in Astoria and Seaside. For information regarding GED preparation classes in Spanish, call 503-325-4747.

The college also conducts free reading, writing and math assessments in Astoria for those considering beginning GED preparation. To schedule a GED orientation, call 503-338-2347. Register at least one week in advance for one of the upcoming orientation sessions: Dec. 11; Feb. 5, 2016; March 25, 2016 and April 29, 2016.

By earning a GED certificate, students demonstrate not only educational achievement, but also the fortitude to successfully finish a project or assignment. You will become a more valuable employee, and will have taken the first step in increasing your potential for workforce success and advancement.

Direct inquiries to: George Heiner, 503-338-2347; gheiner@clatsopcc.edu.

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