GED students to get help from Wisconsin Workforce

Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) is teaming with the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (SWWDB) to assist students planning to complete their GED this year, the last year before the GED significantly changes.

Students who have yet to begin the GED process or students who are interested in finishing their GED this year can attend a general information session at the BTC Beloit or Monroe campuses, or at the Rock County Job Center to establish eligibility.

Four 4-hour general information sessions are scheduled to help individuals determine if they qualify for this program.  Qualified participants will receive accelerated instruction at BTC and be able to complete the five GED tests at no cost to them.  Books, meals and calculators will also be provided.

The assessment and general information sessions are scheduled for:

* Tuesday, May 7 at BTC-Monroe, 210 4th Ave., Room 414, from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
* Wednesday, May 8 at BTC-Beloit Center, 50 Eclipse Center, Room 127, from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
* Friday, May 10 at the Rock County Job Center, 1900 Center Ave., Janesville, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
* Friday, May 17 at the Job Center, Room G, from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Since funding is available through the State of Wisconsin Workforce Investment Act, WIA enrollment is required.  SWWDB staff will assist applicants in the process.  Applicants will need to provide a Wisconsin driver’s license or a state ID.

If accepted, program participants qualify for fast track daytime preparation classes at the Job Center from May 21-31 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or in the evening at BTC-Monroe and BTC-Beloit from May 29-June 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Space is limited to 15 participants.

Those interested in the program must register in advance for the assessment and general information sessions by contacting Wendy Schultz at 608-757-7726 or at

Nationally, the new GED test is starting in January of 2014, which will include computer-based testing. Those students who already have started the GED testing process must complete the five-part exam this year or they will have to start over in 2014.

Each year, nearly 9,000 adults earn a certificate of high school completion, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Those who have taken one or more of the five current GED tests must complete this year’s program by Dec. 13. The state estimates that there are as many as 43,000 adults who have taken one or more of the current tests but have yet to complete all five tests.  In Rock and Green Counties, more than 1,100 adults still need to complete the testing series.

The new GED test is in response to changes in education and the workplace phasing out the current test series, which was last changed in 2002.  The new test series will measure four tested areas in literacy, mathematics, science and social studies to measure the core of knowledge and skills that are essential for career and college readiness.