SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – University Centers of the San Miguel and Rotary Club of Telluride are excited to announce their collaboration to start-up a new Mobile GED Testing Center Project for all interested regional residents 16 years and older within the San Miguel River watershed.
UCSM is very grateful to Rotary in helping financially support this very important educational service to our remote and rural population. The Rotary Club has awarded UCSM a generous grant to purchase new equipment to begin a mobile center that can prepare and test students in need of a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
The Telluride Rotary Club is very involved in education (amongst its other charitable programs); annually sponsoring a number of both inbound and outbound exchange students with the Rotary Youth Exchange, provides scholarships to graduating seniors, donate dictionaries to every third grade student in Telluride and the west end, sponsors a monthly “student of the month” at the Telluride High School, and sends several students each year to a leadership camp.
Currently the closest GED locations are in Montrose and Cortez which are geographically difficult to get to especially in the winter months and for those working adults. Jeanne Stewart, UCSM’s Executive Director, realized after doing research that included talking with the Coloraod State Department of Education-GED Director, that a mobile center would be most beneficial to the residents who need it here in our watershed.
Those who potentially will benefit from this project are adults who never obtained a U.S. high school diploma and high school students unable to graduate in the traditional high school setting who need minimum skills acquisition to prepare for higher learning.
Beginning in January 2014, the national GED test will change from a paper/pencil test to an on-computer only exam. Also the test itself has been updated and will include computer skills as part of the four-part exam. So once the new GED equipment is set up, UCSM will work with the West End Public Schools, Norwood Public Schools and Telluride Public Schools Districts to help identify students in need of the new mobile GED Center program and coordinate to begin preparing these students for the new GED exam.
A qualified teaching instructor will travel to the communities where the preparation and testing will occur for the students. Initially Stewart will be the qualified proctor for the final certificate exams.
For those interested in learning more about this exciting new project, please contact Stewart at 970/369-5255.