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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

Our CEO Students have transferred to:

  • George Washington University
  • Duke Law School
  • University of Washington
  • Central Washington University
  • Western Washington University
  • Evergreen University
  • Alaska Pacific University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Fordham University
  • Full Sail University
  • Trinity College

100+ Career Paths

  • Machining
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Automotive Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Music Producer
  • Medical Records
  • Biotech Lab Technician
  • Retail Manager

Full list of career paths

College Graduates Earn More

Associate Degree: $41,496

No H.S. Diploma: $25,636

Annual Difference = $15,860

(2015 median annual earnings for all 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

Richard Carmona, M.D.                        
U.S. Surgeon General

Calvin Klein
Fashion Designer

Jim Lehrer
Broadcast Journalist

George Lucas
Academy Award Director

  • Check the American Association of Community College's Web site, www.aacc.nche.edu, 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, www.ccsse.org, 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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