59 Salt Lake County Residents Earn GED® Credential through College’s Good Neighbor Initiative

Posted By Staff Writer on March 11, 2013

Salt Lake Campus of Stevens-Henager College Helps More Than 1,700 Individuals Earn Their GED Credential
Salt Lake City (March 11, 2013)  — The Salt Lake campus of Stevens-Henager College celebrated the achievements of 59 Salt Lake County residents on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The residents earned their GED credential after utilizing the college's free GED preparation classes offered through the Good Neighbor Initiative, which also covers the cost of testing fees for students. "These students have overcome great personal obstacles to earn their GED credential," said Donna Schena, GED coordinator at the Salt Lake campus. "Stevens-Henager College removes some of those obstacles, but the credit truly goes to these remarkable individuals who are motivated and ready to make a difference in their lives." The classes are held through Steven-Henager College's Good Neighbor Initiative, a service which offers classes, training and other career skills workshops at no cost to community members. Over the past year, more than 1,700 GED students have earned their credential through this service. The campus holds a monthly celebration to recognize students who have passed the GED exam. On average, the campus has anywhere between 70 to 90 GED students testing each month. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals who have a GED or high school diploma earn nearly $10,000 more per year and are less likely to be unemployed than those who do not have a high school degree. More than 10 percent of Salt Lake County residents aged 25 or older has not earned a high school diploma or GED certificate. For more information about the Good Neighbor Initiative, visit www.goodneighborinitiative.com or call 801-531-1180.

About Stevens Henager Established in 1891, Stevens-Henager College provides career-focused higher education to students in Utah and Idaho. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in healthcare, business, graphic arts and computer science, Stevens-Henager is committed to preparing professionals for meaningful careers and an increased sense of satisfaction. Dedicated to advancing higher-education opportunities in its communities, Stevens-Henager is the only college in Utah to offer free GED® and other degree preparatory programs through its Good Neighbor Initiative. Stevens-Henager College has 10 campus locations throughout Utah and Idaho, including Salt Lake City/Murray, Ogden/West Haven, Provo/Orem, Layton, Lehi, Logan, St. George, Boise, Nampa and Idaho Falls.* For more information or to speak to an academic advisor, please call 801-312-0079. Stevens-Henager is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

*Idaho Falls is a branch campus of CollegeAmerica, Flagstaff, AZ