Since its inception in 1942, the General Equivalency Diploma has been awarded to over 80,000 residents of Alaska. Over 98% of employers and educators consider the GED to be an adequate substitute for a traditional high school education, making it one of the most widely-recognized high school credentials in the U.S. and Canada. A high school education is extremely important for determining your career outlook. Taking GED classes to make up for lost time is the most effective way to start a more fulfilling job with better wages. Especially with the new computerized testing system, classes and study programs are even more valuable for test-prep. Whether you want to take college-level courses, enroll in a vocational training program, or get promoted at your current job, the GED can open many doors that were previously closed.
Unemployment in Alaska has been climbing since the summer of 2013 and most recently has been reported at 6.5%. Over the past 6 months, there have been layoffs in the Manufacturing sector and over 1,500 people lost their jobs. The job sectors that have been growing the steadiest in Alaska are Finance, Education, and Healthcare with a total of 1,225 new jobs. Healthcare especially is projected to be a fast-growing and reliable job market. But all three of these fields require an education to be a competitive job-applicant, so if you want to find a reliable career in the near future, now is the time to invest in your education.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I Get my GED in Alaska?
Anyone that meets the following requirements can get their GED in Alaska:
• Be at least 18 years old
• Not have completed high school
If you meet these prerequisites, you can schedule your test date with the GED Testing Service. There are five subjects on the test and they can be taken separately or at once, with no deadline to finishing them all. But each subject must be passed with an adequate score to complete your General Educational Development credential.
What is Required to Take GED Classes in Alaska?
GED Classes are available to anyone who wants to prepare for the test with the guidance and support of experts. There are no requirements for enrolling in a study program for the GED and most classes are offered for free. In some cases, study programs may require that applicants be able to prove their financial need to receive free lessons.
Where are GED Classes in Alaska?
In Alaska, the main places to find GED classes are at community colleges, adult education centers, and some community service programs. There are literacy and study programs available at places where entitlement programs are sponsored. In Anchorage, the best program is the IMPACT Family Literacy Program. To find a specific class listing in your area, check with the National Literacy Directory online.
When is the next Official GED Test in Alaska?
You can only receive your GED by taking the test in person at a state-approved testing center. Starting in 2014, all GED testing services will be based on computers. The advantage of this new computerized system is that you can register to take an official GED test 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Testing centers are open on business days with regular hours and some offer evening or weekend testing options. Enrolling in a GED class is one of the best ways to prepare for the new computerized test format and in some cases, you can take the official test where study programs are offered. Register for the test when you feel you are adequately prepared. The next test is when you decide.