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An Analysis of Rural and Urban Pennsylvania Adults Taking, Completing, and Passing the GED (2011)

January 05, 2011  | Education

Dropping out of high school seriously impacts an individual’s job opportunities, income potential and employment stability. To minimize those risks, individuals can earn a General Educational Development (GED) credential. Researchers have studied the impact of obtaining a GED on candidates’ lives and found that the credential affects their perceptions of themselves and their future success in terms of education, training, employment and income.
This study identified similarities and differences among rural and urban GED students to determine if certain factors affect the success of these students in obtaining a GED. The study also looked to identify program considerations that may serve the educational needs of out-of-school rural and urban GED candidates.

Tags:  education , ged , earning potential , job opportunities

Introducing the Center's new journal, Rural Policy: The Research Bulletin of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.