Amazon celebrates initial-ever graduating course of GED pilot program at Shepherdsville success middle

Amazon celebrated its very first-at any time GED improvement pilot software graduation this week at the company’s Shepherdsville achievement middle.

Amazon launched the GED credential pilot application in April 2021 in partnership with Kentucky Local community and Technological Faculty Method (KCTCS) as portion of KY Competencies U, Business of Adult Schooling in the Kentucky Education and learning and Workforce Advancement Cupboard (EWDC). The method is created to advance the instruction of Amazon staff members in Kentucky who do not have a higher university diploma or GED equivalency.

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman poses with Amazon and Jefferson Group and Complex School representatives, together with a graduate of the 1st GED pilot software class Tuesday.(Photograph from JCTC)

“I was enthusiastic about coming to the graduation due to the fact I think this is the commence of one thing massive at Amazon in Kentucky and I would really like to see GED systems replicated across the state at other corporations,” stated Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who serves as the secretary for EWDC. “As a teacher, I know the big difference a higher school diploma or GED diploma can make in a person’s lifestyle and long term. We respect our companions Amazon and KCTCS for generating this lifetime-transforming opportunity accessible to Amazon’s workforce and I persuade all Kentucky employers to present a GED plan for their personnel. When organizations make investments in their employees’ education and learning, they see a massive return on their financial commitment in the upcoming.”

The Amazon program focuses on using the services of and furnishing obtain to cost-free education and learning assets in Kentucky as part of the company’s very first development initiative to enable workers additional their career plans. As element of the pilot, GED preparation classes had been available onsite all through operate hours. Two workers were being graduates of the initially course.

“Amazon supplied me the prospect to go after a dream of mine and supported me in the course of,” in accordance to Harold Perez, the 1st graduate from the Shepherdsville facility. “I couldn’t have attained this purpose devoid of the aid from the management group and the KCTC staff. Now that I’ve attained my GED, this has turn into a stepping stone to my subsequent intention of beginning college or university in the fall of this 12 months!”

In January 2020, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky would waive the screening payment for Kentuckians looking for to earn a GED diploma. Considering that then, much more than 6,300 Kentuckians have taken advantage of the charge-waiver application to function towards their GED credential.

The GED exam fee is one particular of the most common limitations facing grownups lacking education and learning in Kentucky. With far more than 317,000 functioning-age Kentuckians devoid of a GED credential or superior university diploma, the EWDC has allotted $600,000 in condition funding to waive exam expenses for initial-time test takers. The GED® take a look at fees, which are the equal of $120, include all four examination sections.

Kentuckians can just take the GED nearly or in-person through KY Techniques U at kyskillsu.ky.gov.

Kentucky Schooling and Workforce Development Cabinet