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This program is open to all residents of Chippewa County who are at least 18 years of age who have not completed high school.

The Sault Tribe has a collaborative agreement with Consolidated Community School Services so adult learners can attend free G.E.D. preparation classes. Costs for G.E.D. testing, study materials and classroom supplies are provided at no cost to Sault Tribe members. (However, there may be a small fee associated with re-testing. The fee may cost around $37.50 per subject.)  Adult students are also provided educational consultation, resume writing and referral assistance for higher education.

Classes are offered in the evenings at JKL Bahweting School, 1301 Marquette Ave. in Sault Ste. Marie, from 6 to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Classes are also offered during the day at Michigan Works, 1118 E. Easterday, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Contact Consolidated Community School Services for other program locations, dates and times at 906‑495‑7305. Classes are not offered during the summer.

Did You Know:

The GED was developed in 1942 at the request of the U.S. Armed Forces Institute. The purpose was to give those who fought in World War 2 before completing high school a way to demonstrate their knowledge and get civilian jobs after the war. Over 15 million people have earned a GED since then.

The GED test is designed so that over one-third of all graduating high school seniors would not pass. Previously, the test involved recalling general facts. Now, the emphasis is on socially-relevant topics and problem-solving skills.

GED graduates are eligible to receive Pell grants and other types of financial aid. One in 20 college freshman earned a GED rather than a high school diploma.

For more information you may contact Tanya Pages, Adult Education Coordinator, in her office at 906‑632‑6098 or in the classroom at 906‑635‑1752 ext. 137.

Famous people who have earned a GED include Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, Bill Cosby, Michael J. Fox, Danica Patrick, Jerry Garcia, Chris Rock, Peter Jennings, former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment.

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