Starting July 1, Pima County residents can apply for free GED testing, thanks to a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo to the Pima Community College Foundation. In addition, GED graduates with limited financial means may be eligible for scholarships at Pima, getting them back on track right away with career and education plans.
The grant is one of seven that Wells Fargo made to local nonprofits—$500,000 in all—as part of its NeighborhoodLIFT® program.
Mayor Rothschild announced the free GED testing at a press conference July 1 at Pima Community College’s testing center. Thanking Wells Fargo, the mayor noted that he’d asked for this funding to be included, as testing fees should not be a barrier to employment or continuing education. Typically, GED tests cost around $140.
Other speakers at the press conference included Dr. Lorraine Morales, President of Pima’s Community and East Campuses and a GED graduate herself, Rafael Diaz, State Relationship Manager for GED Testing Service, and Mayra Gavia Molina, a registered nurse at Banner University Medical Center and a GED graduate.
Mayra told of, years ago, not being able to afford the $25 GED testing fee, which was eventually covered by a scholarship. She continued her education and noted that her her first job as a registered nurse paid her $25 an hour.
In metropolitan Tucson, those with a GED or high school diploma can expect to earn 29% more than those without—median earnings for high school or GED graduates is $24,478, versus $17,437 for non-graduates.
For more information, call (520) 206-3987. Free GED testing will be available until November 30, 2015, or until funds run out.