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GED program coming to town

QCC to begin testing in March

February 20, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Quinsigamond Community College is making it a little easier to obtain a GED.

Since May 2009, 811 people have received their GEDs at Quinsigamond Community College (QCC). Holyoke Community College has been the alternate site for people in the area to go to.

"We are really excited to be offering this program in Southbridge," said Laura Tino, GED chief examiner at QCC. "There has been a need to have this there for some time. We work with the agencies in the area who provide the preparation classes and they have wanted the test there and we have received calls for people wanting the test there. I'm very happy that we are able to provide it there. Everyone is really happy to have a campus in Southbridge and it's a really big deal to offer the test there."

The first test will be offered in March, followed by another in May. Their current plan is to offer a test every few months. Tino estimates that she receives more than 100 calls a month from people in Worcester County looking to take the test and asking where it is being held. Tino estimates that QCC has offered the GED test for close to 40 years.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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