CURRENT GED TEST TO CHANGE AT END OF 2013, COST OF THE GED TEST TO INCREASE NATIONWIDE
SALISBURY, N.C. — With the national GED test changing effective January 1, 2014, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is doing its best to help individuals in Rowan and Cabarrus counties finish their GED.
The fact that she was able to complete her GED before test changes and the price increased significantly was just icing on the cake to Nicole Tomsich.
Potters House is one of a dozen off-site GED instructional programs that Rowan-Cabarrus Community College operates throughout Rowan and Cabarrus counties.
“While it’s not possible for every program, our overarching goal is to be available and accessible to students. That’s why our students can now earn seven degrees completely online. It’s why the GED classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening and online at multiple locations across the college’s service area.”
Nicole dropped out of high school at age 16 due to extenuating circumstances within her family.
“For a while, I put off pursuing my GED. I felt like I couldn’t do it… that going back to school would be a waste of time. I also thought I couldn’t afford it,” said Tomsich.
She enrolled in classes at the Potters House because it was right across the street from where she was living.
The Potters House offers GED classes Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with approximately 10 students coming to classes at any given time.
“Our students tell us that transportation and childcare are the biggest hurdles to accessing education,” said Gary Connor, director of the college’s GED and Adult Basic Education programs. “The bottom line is that we will bring the program to you. If there is enough interest in your community, we will respond and set up classes locally.”
Tomsich’s journey to completing her GED has not been easy. She lost her home earlier this year and spent part of January and February sleeping outside.