Crow Wing County Community Services has received $5,600 from the Department of Human Services to assist Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) recipients to earn a General Educational Development (GED).
Passing a GED test gives those who did not complete high school the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency. Recipients of MFIP, a cash program for families, are generally required to earn a high school diploma or its equivalency.
Funds will be used to support short, intensive efforts to help MFIP participants complete a GED before Jan. 1, 2014, when new testing and rules begin. Partially completed GED tests will expire Dec. 31, 2013. Test scores will not carry over into 2014.
For example, if at the end of 2013, a person has passed all the GED tests except the math test, on Jan. 1, 2014, that person will be required to take all four of the new tests in order to earn a GED credential.
Kaylo Brooks, MFIP case manager, said the funds will help expedite the process for those recipients currently working on their GED certification. Money will be used to pay for testing and other related expenses such as transportation. “Individuals with high school diplomas or GEDs have higher rates of employment and earn substantially more money throughout their lifetimes than those without them,” Brooks said. “We will utilize these funds to empower people to become more financially independent through education.”