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YWCA Offers Free GED Classes

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Labor reports 90,000 adults in Davidson County do not have a high school diploma. One local group is helping people get their General Education Development certificate.

The YWCA offers a number of flexible preparation classes for free.

Enrollment into the class takes about two and a half hours, which includes a practice test.

"I dropped out of high school and as I was raising my kids, it was hard to go back at the time," said GED student Latoya Lavender.

The reason Lavender dropped out of high school 18 years ago is different from many, but the reason she and hundreds are rushing back to get their GED is the same.

"The economy is getting harder, so therefore it's harder to get jobs and the first thing is the education," said Lavender.

Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, evening and Saturdays to fit most people's schedules. Students can even get one-on-one tutoring.

More than 800 people have enrolled in the program since 2008, and 75 percent to 85 percent of all students, have passed the GED test during their first try.  

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