By Melissa Lichtenheld

Everest University-Brandon announces Everest GED Advantage, a GED test preparation and credential completion program that is free and open to the public.  Anyone interested in enrolling in the program should contact the Everest toll-free at 1-888-201-6547.

According to the GED Testing Service, 40 million adults in the United States lack a high school diploma or GED test credential, including 2,441,300 in Florida. Adults without a high school diploma face tremendous obstacles to achieving their economic potential. On average, their unemployment rates are higher and their wages lower than those with a GED credential or high school diploma. Their access to postsecondary education and training, a requirement for many jobs in today’s competitive economy, is also severely restricted.

Everest has the knowledge and experience—the classrooms, curriculum and instructors—to help adult learners obtain this critical credential. “We’re proud to offer our community a program that opens the doors of educational and economic opportunity to nontraditional students,” said Everest University-Brandon President Todd Pearson.

“I applaud Everest for recognizing and responding to this challenge.  We have a monumental task of moving 40 million adults into jobs with salaries capable of supporting their families,” said Randy Trask, president of GED Testing Service.

Adults wishing to obtain a GED test credential face many challenges, including wait lists for state-sponsored adult education programs in nearly all states and other financial hurdles.  Everest GED Advantage eliminates obstacles by providing free GED preparation, a free Official GED Practice Test, and by covering all testing costs for adults who successfully complete the program.

According to GED Testing Service research, students who complete a formal test preparation program and pass the Official GED Practice Test have higher pass rates than those who study independently.  Everest GED Advantage offers a tailored program of study that includes tutoring sessions, classroom instruction, and weekly meetings with an advisor to assess progress.  Services vary by campus.

To enroll in Everest GED Advantage, participants must be at least 18 years old and pass an assessment test. The program is free and there is no obligation to enroll in any Everest degree or diploma program.

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Kelly Legg has been writing for the Osprey Observer as a freelance writer for three years, and has recently taken on the role of managing editor for the Christian Voice newspaper. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications. She currently resides in Riverview with her husband and three children.