Lea DeCosta

Lea DeCosta, Program Manager,

Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Region 5 Adult Education

If you haven’t finished high school, passing a General Education Development course can be the key to higher earnings and a better life. According to GED® Testing Service LLC, the private company that administers the test in the Roanoke Valley, 97% of employers accept GED® credentials, and graduates can earn an average of $9,000 more a year than non-GED holders.

But the cost of classes and testing can be prohibitive for students, says Lea DeCosta, Program Manager with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Region 5 Adult Education, so the agency offers free classes in each of its locations - Roanoke, Salem, and Covington, and Roanoke, Alleghany, Craig and Botetourt Counties.

Many locations offer both day and night classes for 2 ½ hours, two days a week, says DeCosta. Classes at the Roanoke Higher Education Center - the only GED testing site for the Roanoke Valley - are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

On March 1, the Region 5 program will offer free GED ® Ready practice tests at the RHEC for prospective students,  who can choose between three of the four subject areas. The results can be used to create personalized classroom study guides for the skills students need to focus on,  and are tailored to each unique learning style.

To sign up, call 375-3056 or 1-888-622-7256 or go to https://freetestfriday.eventbrite.com. Or come to the RHEC on March 1st at 9 a.m or 1 p.m. to attend the morning or afternoon session, or both.

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