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Benefits of the GED


      GED earners compared with high school dropouts:

  • Were employed more weeks in the past 3 years (101.2 weeks vs. 89.2 weeks)
  • Earned more per hour in wages ($14.08 vs. $12.33)
  • Earned a higher annual income from wages ($21,694 vs. $18,963)
  • Had a higher family income ($43,767 vs. $31,553)
  • Had higher job satisfaction (62.9% vs. 54.2%)
  • Get on a pathway to Higher Education

        Key Labor Market Findings from Young GED Credential Recipients in the 21st Century( 2011‐12) , 2008 Data of 24-28 year-olds




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College Graduates Earn More

Associate Degree: $39,985

No H.S. Diploma: $20,660

Annual Difference = $19,325

(2009 median annual earnings for workers 18 and older, U.S. Census Bureau)

Community College Success Stories

 Famous people from many walks of life, including many of the country's most successful and respected business leaders, government officials, entertainers, scientists, and sports figures, have attended community college. You'll be in good company if you decide to go.

Bonnie Blair
Olympic Speedskater
Rita Mae Brown
Richard Carmona, M.D.                        
U.S. Surgeon General
Eileen Collins
Astronaut and Commander of the Space Shuttle
Calvin Klein
Fashion Designer
H. Ross Perot
Billionaire & 1992 Presidential Candidate
Jim Lehrer
Broadcast Journalist

Walt Disney

Founder/Former CEO of Walt Disney Company

George Lucas
Academy Award Director
Nolan Ryan
President of the Texas Rangers/former Baseball Star


  • Check the American Association of Community College's Web site,, for more information about diversity among community college students and for a more complete list of famous people who have attended community college.
  • The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is an annual national-level survey of community college students. The Web site,, provides excellent information about survey results, challenges facing community college students, profiles of students, plus online video interviews with community college students.
SOURCE: Community College: Is It Right For You? Practical Answers. Practical Options. Copyright © 2006 by Susan H. Stafford. All Rights Reserved. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.






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