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Literacy Council – Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana’s staff worked very hard during the months approaching the close-out of the GED 2002 Series.  The 2002 version of the exam expired at the end of 2013 and adults across the country were scrambling to identify testing providers who would administer both new tests and retakes.

Southwest Louisiana was very lucky to have several testing centers who worked right up until the holiday break to administer the GED.  Central Louisiana Community and Technical College administered tests in the Beauregard / Vernon area; McNeese State University administered tests in Lake Charles; and Sowela Technical Community College administered computer-based tests on their main campus.  A great big “Thank You” is extended to each of these institutions for helping our adult education students and students from surrounding areas.

All together, the Literacy Council helped approximately 70 adult learners earn a Louisiana high school equivalency diploma from September, 2013 to December, 2013.  In addition, our partner program Calcasieu Correctional Center had 22 adult education students earn a high school equivalency diploma.  The high school equivalency diploma is the same as a traditional high school diploma.  Adults who earn it have the opportunity to continue their education, enter employment or get a better job.  Also important, earning the high school equivalency diploma gives adults a reason to be proud of themselves.

In the state of Louisiana, over 600,000 adults lack a high school diploma or the equivalent.  In Southwest Louisiana, an estimated 40,000 adults could benefit from participation in an adult education program like the Literacy Council’s.  Adult education and literacy programs give undereducated adults the opportunity to improve their skills and their lives.

Now that we’ve entered 2014, the state of Louisiana has moved on from the GED to the HiSET exam.  The HiSET will have five subtests similarly to the GED and will be available in computer-based and paper-pencil versions.  Beginning this month, the HiSET will be administered at Sowela Technical Community College in Lake Charles and Jennings as well as other testing centers around the state.  The Literacy Council is looking forward to having our first HiSET examinees earn their high school equivalency diplomas!

For more information about the Literacy Council’s 2014 adult education and literacy services, please call 337-494-7000 or email