A partnership between Tusculum College and Adult Basic Education was kicked-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, January 19, as representatives from both sides gathered to announce the opening of an official GED Testing Center, which will provide a much-needed service on a regular basis to Greene County and the surrounding communities.
The ribbon cutting for the new testing center was held on the main floor (first floor) of Virginia Hall on the Tusculum College campus. The first GED exam for the new site at the College was administered later that afternoon.
“Becoming a General Education Degree testing site is a very visual way that Tusculum College combines our commitment to service and education with the strong relationship with have with the community that supports us so well,” said Tusculum President Dr. Nancy B. Moody.
“With this project we are able to share our resources and in doing so, improve the lives of those who live here and in our region. We are very proud of this project, which is based in the value of education - at whatever level that may be - which is at the core of all that Tusculum College is and will be.”
In fact, said Moody, her own mother was a very proud recipient of a GED.
Kim Gass, director of Adult Basic Education for Greeneville and Greene County, was also on hand and thanked Tusculum College for its willingness to work on this project and provide an answer to an ongoing problem for persons seeking to take the GED Exam.
“It’s a hardship for many of our students to get to a testing site. We are so excited about our partnership with Tusculum College and appreciate their kindness and open doors,” said Gass.
The College received notification in December that it had been approved as a testing center to administer the GED (General Educational Development) tests that provide adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to certify their attainment of high school-level knowledge and skills.
Tusculum College will become the only testing center providing GED testing on a regular basis in Greene County.
The Tusculum College testing center may also serve individuals from up to 10 surrounding counties, as there is just one testing site in the Tri-Cities and one in Morristown.