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Valerie Fischer - State Director
Jolli Marcellais - Administrative Staff Officer

Phone: 701/328-2393
Fax: 701/328-4770

GED HISTORY

The GED – General Educational Development - was originally developed in 1942 to help WWII veterans who were often pulled from high school to serve their country. After serving four, sometimes six years, it was not practical to return to a traditional high school environment. Passing the GED gave returning soldiers and sailors the academic credentials they needed to get civilian jobs and gain access to post-secondary education or training. Additionally, there were many immigrants that came to the United States at that time. The first alternative environment were the service groups (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines), then the process consolidated to the Dept of Labor / Job Services and finally the adult learning centers in the mid 1960s. Each move included additional audiences – including those who left high school early due to a lack of interest, the inability to pass required courses, the need to work, personal problems, etc.

According to the US Census, individuals who receive a GED will earn almost $10,000 more annually than those who do not. This in turn, improves an individual’s economic status, spending patterns and tax contributions. National statistics show that the United States has the strongest economy in the world because of adult education programs. North Dakota needs every able body in the workforce – Adult Learning Centers can provide a trained worker in a reasonable time that meets the needs of employers. If students don’t receive at least a high school diploma or GED, North Dakota will have to deal with:

  • Fewer qualified employees who can fill open positions in the workplace;
  • Fewer students who enroll in post secondary programs;
  • Fewer enlistees for military service; and/or
  • More individuals who will need public assistance and utilize state programs


Adult Education and Literacy
Department of Public Instruction
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck ND 58505-0440
Phone: (701) 328-2393
Fax: (701) 328-4770

Valerie Fischer
State GED Administrator
E-mail: vfischer@nd.gov

Jolli Marcellais
Administrative Staff Officer
E-mail: jmarcellais@nd.gov

 

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