During the last few months, I have met many learners, educators, program administrators, and employers in person. This is my favorite part of my position as President and CEO at the GED Testing Service. It is truly energizing to be in a room full of like-minded professionals who are there to help, guide, and empower adult learners to change their lives and discover their full potential!  

I am particularly glad this April, being Community College Awareness Month, that we can celebrate with so many of our education partners at various community colleges around the country, as well as state programs. This includes the recent celebration that we had the privilege to join the Coalition of Adult Basic Education as they celebrated their 25th Anniversary with a great conference in Nashville.  

At the recent COABE Conference, I was honored to share the stage with inspiring educators like Kelly Mobray, Director of Adult Education from the Salina Public Schools in Kansas and Gregory Larson, GED Coordinator from Los Angeles City College, as well as Alicia Kouparitsas, Chief Customer Officer with WithYouWithMe, our GED Tech Apprenticeship partner. During this session we shared success stories from programs that were innovative in providing GED learners with the additional services and support they needed to succeed. We continue to be so grateful and inspired by the fantastic work all educators and administrators offer every day to offer the best possible educational journey for our learners.   

In March, I also had the opportunity to meet with educators from Miami Dade College and employers from the Miami area, as we shared potential job opportunities for GED learners and graduates. 

As a learning organization, we are constantly searching for ways as to how we can best support our learners during their GED journey. This includes the work that we are currently doing to launch our new GED mobile app later this summer, which has been designed to further enhance our students and educators’ GED journey. As we believe that learning is a lifelong journey, we also are working to help our GED graduates find their dream job, and therefore highlight opportunities available to our graduates in today’s changing job market, at our GED Job Expo. 

Supporting our learners also extends to supporting our educators and administrators. We remain committed to supporting and enhancing our educators and administrators’ experience in delivering GED to their students. This month’s blog includes information about how we maintain our stringent content development and review standards, which we underwrite through our professional development opportunities during Tuesday for Teachers, as well as our Train the Trainer offering, which will be part of our 2024 GED conference. If you haven’t yet, remember to  register for our annual GED conference, ‘We are Not Done Yet’, in Long Beach, California from July 24 – 26, 2024. 

In closing, taking inspiration from our colleagues in Alaska, I challenge you to find an opportunity to inspire someone to better themselves.