STATELINE (WIFR) – Tens of thousands of Stateliners never earned their high school diploma so now some local businesses are trying to sway them to get their GED.
It’s all part of the Workforce Connection’s annual General Education Development Fair at the Regional Design Center. Experts are there to answer questions from potential students. That’s especially important in the wake of some big changes coming next year. For one, the cost of taking the test will more than double to $120 in 2014.
Today, McDonald’s and Goodwill announced a new grant program that will help local test-takers afford the hike.
"You know a community is only as strong as its weakest link, and we think this program that Goodwill has developed will strengthen that weak link that we have in our educational system here in Boone in Winnebago County," said Goodwill Industries President Sam Schmitz.
There’s still time to stop by. The fair ends Thursday night at 7.