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New Local GED Lab Seeks Help — Nears Crowdfunding Deadline
(Note: A GED Lab student is available for interviews about the new Lab.)
(February 2014 — Orlando, Fla.) The Adult Literacy League (ALL), which officially opened its new GED (General Equivalency Degree) Lab 2014 this month, is still seeking public support to reach its goal of $10,000 to continue to fund the project.
Joyce Whidden, ALL Executive Director, says while the nonprofit has been assisting students for years to earn the GED, the Lab significantly increases the number of GED students it is able to effectively serve.
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 Indiegogo campaign ends February 26, 2014.
“The students do not pay for anything,” Whidden says. “We are looking to the public to help sponsor these students.” Each class of students meets weekly on Wednesdays for six to eight weeks.
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. Whidden says the GED Lab 2014 also helps students become familiar with being on the computer, since some students do not have computers at home.
Overall, ALL is currently serving 996 active students with 286 tutors. Thus far in 2014, 540 volunteer hours have been recorded.
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. 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!