Crowdfunding Sought for New Local GED Lab
(January 22, 2014 — Orlando, Fla.) In an effort to increase the number of GED (General Equivalency Degree) students it is able to effectively serve, the Adult Literacy League (ALL) has established the GED Lab 2014, coinciding with the institution of the new 2014 National GED Program.
Joyce Whidden, ALL Executive Director, says while the nonprofit has been assisting students for years to earn the GED, it did not have the resources to cater to the large number of students requesting help. Following a pilot program in 2013, ALL decided to launch the Lab and has turned to crowdfunding on Indiegogo.com to assure the program can continue throughout the year — and beyond.
The cost to take the entire GED exam is $120 and $30 to retake each of the four sections.
The funds raised by ALL will pay for testing, materials and laptops, since the new GED program is entirely online.
“The students do not pay for anything,” Whidden says. “We are looking to the public to help sponsor these students.” It’s not an unprecedented idea in Orlando. It worked well for the University of Central Florida College of Medicine when each inaugural doctoral student received a full ride via public sponsorship.
Whidden says the key to the lab is individualized and highly personalized instruction, as opposed to other self-directed prep and practice classes.
“Many of our students would not succeed in that environment,” she notes. “We want them to be successful.”
To help support the GED Lab 2014 and its students, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ged-lab-2014.
The Adult Literacy League provides adult basic education and English language literacy through one-to-one tutoring and class instruction. ALL is currently serving 1,000+ adult learners on a weekly basis. In addition, ALL serves the early literacy needs of more than 600 low-income, pre-school children through its Family Literacy Program called Read to Me!