By Michael Ormsby
William Adams has a medical degree from Yale University and spent 22 years as the head of the Rose Medical Center laboratory in Denver, Colorado. Now, at 83 years old, Adams has earned another degree: his GED® diploma.
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Why would a medical doctor go back to get a GED test credential, a high school equivalency diploma? When Adams went to college early in the 1940s, he wasn’t required to graduate high school. He skipped forward again into medical school, at a time when the requirements weren’t as formalized as they are today. In more recent years, Adams has been active in water issues in his community of West Linn, Oregon, and he wanted to earn certification as a water plant operator. That’s when he ran into a problem. The certification requires a high school diploma.
Adams’s problem is similar to the situation many adults today are facing. In the past, many jobs and opportunities were open to those without a high school diploma. You didn’t need to get a GED credential. In many cases, quitting high school early didn’t seem like a major issue, since it was easy to enter the job market without a diploma. That’s changed. If a person without a high school diploma or GED diploma loses their job, it’s much harder to get a new job now, without a diploma. Promotions, higher education, and changes in career can be closed off, even to a seasoned professional, without a diploma.
The good news is that passing the GED test gives adults the opportunity to catch up with a world that demands a high school diploma. Adams took a GED practice test and discovered that he was ready to get a GED diploma right away, and many adults will have the same experience. For many others, just a few weeks of GED brush-up is enough to catch up on high school skills and be ready for the GED tests. Even for those who left school many years ago or didn’t do well in school, a local low-cost or free GED course or a good online GED class can provide quick and easy preparation.
A high school diploma or GED test credential is quickly becoming a necessity in today’s world, even for someone like William Adams, with many accomplishments and a long-standing career. For the 39 million American adults with no high school diploma, the GED diploma is the answer, and it’s never too late to get a GED diploma and start moving forward.
Michael Ormsby is the president of the GED Academy and oversees software and curriculum for adult learners and people with educational challenges. For more information, visit passGED.com. Michael can be contacted by telephone at 800-460-8150.