The need for the GED in Wilson County exists because...
Due to growth rate, availability of land, and a positive environment, numerous new businesses and expansion of old businesses are occuring.
Prospective employers are seeking a trained or trainable workforce which must be competent.
A large precentage of businesses and industries in Wilson County are requiring high school or GED diplomas.
Eighty percent of new jobs created in the next two decades will require post secondary education.
Over 35% of Wilson County citizens, eighteen years or older are in need of a GED or high school diploma.
Immediate and lifelong benefits of the GED...
Studies indicate GED graduates will earn between $7000 and $9000 more per year than a high school dropout.
Additional lifetime earnings for a GED graduate would be a minimum of $280,000 to $360,000 if he/she began work at age 25 and retired at 65.
Since Tennessee averages 13,000 GED graduates per year, the state's earning power increases at least $91 million annually.
More than 95% of colleges, universities, and technical schools, as well as the military, recognize the GED diploma as equivalent to the traditional high school diploma.
GED graduates perform as well as traditional high school graduates in post-secondary education and comprise 7-10% of entering freshmen.
Businesses and industries are positively affected by a larger pool of GED applicants from which to choose.