Many high school dropouts have revitalized their professional careers by going back to school and completing a general equivalency diploma (GED) program. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 1.5 million individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 held a GED in 2008.
Americans who have received their GED may choose to pursue higher education by enrolling in a campus-based college degree program or registering in accredited online schools. Some institutions of postsecondary education offer programs that cater to GED holders or high school dropouts who are looking to get back into the classroom.
For example, State University of New York (SUNY) in Orange County boasts an on-campus program that allows students to earn a GED. By obtaining 24 college credits and achieving a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better, individuals can receive their high school equivalency diploma.
Meanwhile, a for-profit college recently reached an agreement with a Boston-based school that provides education to inner-city residents who have their GEDs. The partnership will allow associate's degree holders from the city school to transfer their credits and pursue an online bachelor's degree.
The accredited online school has agreed to let scholars transfer up to 90 credits into the four-year program. Most of the Boston-based students are enrolled in two-year programs that focus on early childhood education, human services administration and general studies.
Individuals who have completed a GED program and who are interested in these fields may consider receiving their early childhood education degree online. Many web-based college degree programs offer flexible schedules and low tuition costs.
Campus-based and online GED programs can provide hope to people who regret dropping out of high school. No matter how old an individual is, it is never too late to pursue an education.
According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, comedian Bill Cosby earned his GED at age 19 after dropping out of high school. He told the news provider that he realized that he was a person who could be taken advantage of if he did not have a diploma. Thus, he obtained his equivalency education, then attended Temple University. Today, he is one of the most famous comedians alive.
Many students who earn their GEDs see their dreams materialize within a few years. No matter what the profession, one's decision to recommit to their education can open doors to a bright future.