By Michael Ormsby
The 2007 dropout rate in the U.S. was 8.7%. In 1980, that number was 14%. Though the high school dropout rate has declined, each year, millions of adult Americans join the 39 million others left behind, without a high school diploma or GED® credential. There are many reasons why adults go back to get a GED diploma: better jobs, higher education. However, one of the big, often unmentioned, motivators for adults to get a GED diploma is family.
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Nichole and Patricia Kumse of Blount County, Tennessee, are sisters who earned their GED diplomas, becoming the first high school graduates in their family. Both women are mothers. Patricia Kumse is a mother of three, while Nichole Kumse is a mother of two, all between 3 and 10 years old.
The two mothers, like many GED students, were motivated to get a GED diploma by their families, and particularly their children. Every parent wants their children to have all the opportunities the world can offer, and in today’s world, education is the key to opportunity. Parents want to set an example for their children, and passing the GED Test is a first step for many parents to show their children how important education is.
At the same time, the GED test credential opens doors to provide a better life for a family. Nichole and Patricia Kumse both earned high enough GED testing scores to qualify for the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship toward higher education. Patricia Kumse plans to study business, while Nichole Kumse plans to study holistic nutrition and writing.
Just as family can inspire adults to get a GED diploma, family can help greatly during the GED process. By studying for the GED exam together, Nichole and Patricia Kumse were able to provide each other support, with studying, homework, and motivation. By involving family or friends who can provide help and support, adult learners can achieve more in their educational experience, from the GED exam to the highest levels of post-secondary achievement.
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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.