South Texas College’s Continuing and Professional Education Program is partnering with WorkFORCE Solutions to make the process of obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) Certificate much easier for Valley residents.

The pair created a high school program of instruction to provide GED and reading services to 1000 students in one year at six workforce centers throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

“In fiscal year 2007-2008, we conducted a pilot GED program that effectively met all the performance measures and the results were used to narrow the focus of the initiative to the program in place,” said Juan C. Aguirre, director of STC’s Continuing and Professional Education Program. “For many individuals, a high school diploma has been far out of reach due to life circumstances. These individuals understand the importance of obtaining a GED to expand career options. The sole intent of the program is to assist these individuals in eventually earning a higher education, obtain a job or a job promotion, which will help them achieve their personal goals.”

The program is available to students who are at least 16 years old, are eligible to work in the United States, meet all applicable selective service requirements, and are enrolled in any Workforce Solutions services. Workforce Solutions will provide program orientation and enrollment information.

Once eligibility is determined, a career counselor will administer a test to determine the academic level of the student. Then the individual is enrolled in STC’s Continuing and Professional Education GED Program to begin classes. Instruction covers major academic skills and knowledge in core content areas typically learned during four years of high school.

Participants will not only gain an education, but also receive benefits to assist them throughout the process, including monies to cover gas, clothing, or other needed items. Those between the ages of 17 and 21 years old are eligible to receive youth incentives.

For information on program enrollment or for other questions contact STC’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education at 872-6735, the GED Program Manager at 223-8644, or visit