AT&T has some news in the spirit of “Giving Tuesday.”
More than 1.2 million adults in Georgia don’t have a high school diploma. For many, taking the GED Test and earning a GED credential could change their lives, including opening doors to higher education and better jobs with higher pay and rewarding careers.
AT&T is helping deserving Georgians in helping to improve their education and discover their full potential. For the third consecutive year, the telecommunications giant has made a generous donation of $47,000 that the Technical College System of Georgia will use to create GED testing scholarships. As a result, Georgians who attend classes in TCSG-sponsored adult education programs may qualify for free financial support to cover one or more of the four parts of the complete GED Test.
“The adult education program of the Technical College System of Georgia is a critical part of the education system in Georgia ensuring qualified low-income adults have access to the classes and testing they need to continue their education and skills training,” said Beth Shiroishi, President, AT&T Georgia. “We are very pleased to support the TCSG’s efforts to improve the lives of Georgians and to strengthen our workforce which is vital to the economic environment in our state.”
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson expressed his gratitude to AT&T, which is the largest corporate donor to the Georgia’s adult education program. “AT&T is an outstanding corporate citizen with a strong commitment to helping less-fortunate Georgians improve their lives through the power of education. We thank Mrs. Shiroishi and the entire AT&T corporate family for their great generosity and desire to provide GED scholarships for our deserving adult learners. AT&T is helping the Technical College System of Georgia provide the learning opportunities that we know leads to a more literate and better-educated Georgia.”
To be considered for the AT&T GED scholarship, the adult learner must be enrolled in a state-approved adult education class and earn a minimum score on the GED Ready pre-test. Enrollment in a state adult education program, including GED preparation classes, is always free of charge.
More information is available through the local TCSG adult education center or by calling 1-800-94 MY GED (404-679-1645). A full list of all of Georgia’s adult education centers is online at https://tcsg.edu/ged.php
Last year, the TCSG Office of Adult Education served almost 61,000 Georgians through Adult Basic and Secondary Education and GED instruction and testing programs. More than 15,000 of those adult learners passed the GED test and earned their GED diploma. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 Statistical Abstract, a person with a high school or GED diploma earns approximately $10,000 more annually than a person without those education credentials.
It should be noted that AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs.