The GED Testing Service strives to empower learners to improve their lives through the GED credential. With over 21 million graduates and counting, we remain committed to helping students develop the skills needed for further study or to gaining access to wider career opportunities. When the GED was created in 1942, its sole purpose was to serve as a second chance opportunity for returning veterans. Today, many decades later, we continue to transform students’ lives in the US and around the world.

As you’ll see on our website: “We believe that everyone, no matter their creed, challenge, or circumstance, should have the opportunity to pursue the college and career of their dreams.” We stay true to this promise as the only high school equivalency program that is recognized by 97% of employers and colleges nationwide.

This belief resonates with the legacy that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left following his untimely passing. As we commemorate his birthday and MLK Day in the US, we should take a moment to reflect on the profound impact that he had on education equality and equal opportunities for all. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. provided a voice for national consciousness regarding opening doors for equal access to education and employment. His efforts were recognized and celebrated when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his nonviolent resistance to racial oppression and his advocacy for economic and social justice, as well as peace and human rights. His tireless efforts continue to inspire educators and policymakers to this day, as we all work towards ensuring that every student has access to a quality education.

Working in education, you directly impact students’ lives every day, regardless of where you work or the role you play. You are part of bringing quality education and a life-changing opportunity to someone’s life each day. This responsibility is not something that should be taken lightly, as we look toward honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy every day.

As we reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, we invite all educators to take a moment to reflect on your contribution toward being a conscious contributor towards education equality. How will you contribute toward changing a student’s life?