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It’s never too late to earn a GED

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William Chesser, 67, plans to participate in GED graduation ceremony

By Navisha Collins

William Chesser of Magnolia recently accomplished something he had not thought possible.

Chesser, 67, recently received his GED – a high school equivalency diploma. It took almost two years of studying but he stuck to it and can now be called a graduate.

Chesser said it was something he had always wanted to do but working and supporting a family left him with little spare time. So when the opportunity presented itself after retirement, he took the plunge.

“The biggest obstacle I had was algebra. I never had it when I was growing up in school. Math was always simple and it was adding or subtracting, multiplying or dividing. With algebra, it can be all of that in once single problem,” said Chesser.

Chesser said the process was worth it.

“Anyone can benefit from getting their GED. When you can learn something, it’s a plus,” said Chesser.

Sarah Hornback, director of family services for LaRue County Schools, said Chesser “worked very hard to achieve his goal.”

She said it’s a “great time to come in and let us see if a student is ready to take the actual test.”

There is no charge to take the GED through July 31. From Aug. 1 to Dec. 18, it will cost $60 to take the test.

“Besides being free, there may be a rush as the year winds down and it might be hard to get into a testing center,” said Hornback. “The two closest testing centers to us are Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and Campbellsville University – but all students must come through their county’s adult learning center in order to take the actual GED test.”

Hornback said students may not have to attend classes but they will have to be assessed with the official practice test before being granted admission to an actual testing center.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the GED will cost $120, will be computer based, and aligned with Common Core Standards just like kindergarten through 12th grades. All current GED scores that are not fully passing, will be lost when the new test comes out and students will have to start over in every subject area with the new test.  

“In other words, if someone passed everything but math and is not able to pass the math prior to Dec. 18, he or she will have to take the entire test over when the new test comes out,” said Hornback.

There will be a graduation ceremony honoring the GED recipients of the 2012-13 school year.

The graduation will be held 6 p.m. June 17 in the LaRue County High School Auditorium.

Following the ceremony there will be a reception for friends and family.