The Race to GED program makes it easier than ever to reach your high school educational goal. Go for your GED and win the Race in as few as three months. The Race to GED program is designed for students with higher level skills. Adult Basic Education classes are also available. All adults enrolling in the Adult Basic Education or GED classes must take the Test of Adult Basic Education assessment in both reading and math.
Did you know?
• GED graduates earn an average of $7,000 more each year and are much less likely to be unemployed than a worker without a GED or diploma.
• GED graduates are more likely to be employed full-time.
• GED graduates have the opportunity to go to college or technical school.
• GED graduates are qualified for greater responsibilities and promotions.
• GED graduates are likely to receive job-specific technical skills training.
• GED graduates may help their children achieve in school.
MEET OUR TEAM
GED Chief Examiner
Fairfax County Public Schools
Ann Wyllie has been an educator for more than three decades. In her current role as the GED Chief Examiner, she was awarded the 2005 Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education’s (VAACE) Joan E. D. Kushnir Teacher of the Year award.
The VAACE Teacher of the Year award recognizes exemplary instructional practices and professional service to adult learners in Virginia . The criteria for selection include outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, curriculum development, innovative methodology, and commitment to professional growth and development.
Wyllie began her career with FCPS in 1990 as a counselor for pregnant and parenting teens and transitioned to teaching adult students needing reading, writing, and math help to finish high school.
Over the years, Wyllie has taught an array of adult basic education courses to a growing and diverse population in both traditional and nontraditional settings including the General Education Development (GED) program; Weekend Learning Lab (WELL) program for adult students and their families, both American and foreign-born; JOBS (Job Opportunities and Basic Skills) program; External Diploma program; Virginia Literacy Passport Test; Learning Center facilitator; Skill Development classes; and Fast Track GED class (Race to GED).
Administrator, Adult High School Completion
Principal, Woodson Adult High School
The Principal of Woodson Adult High School, and the Administrator for the Adult High School Completion program, in 2008 Jane Cruz won the Outstanding Educator award from the Martin Luther King, Jr., Cultural Center. Cruz is also principal of Woodson Adult High School and director of the FCPS Improv Troupe.
The center’s Board of Directors presented Ms. Cruz with the award for outstanding leadership in helping students develop positive attitudes about themselves as well as improved academic achievement. In nominating her, the Honorable Kenneth R. Plum, Virginia state delegate, cited her 23 years of advocacy “for the poor . . . [and] for foreign-born adults and U.S.-born people of color who have not had educational opportunities because of the impact of personal, financial, tragic, or political situations.”
Cruz’s accomplishments include the codevelopment of the FCPS Instructional Plan for Diversity, creation of the Credit by Objective program to serve the needs of adult students, and formation of a learning lab to serve the needs of Fairfax County residents. Plum attributed these initiatives and her inspired leadership to the large number of Woodson Adult High School graduates who go on to attend college, on average 75 percent. She also serves as a volunteer at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, teaching English and facilitating a Spanish-speaking support group for inmates.
The Outstanding Educator award is designed to pay tribute to individuals, groups, or businesses dedicated to helping America’s youth. In addition to the award, the MLK Cultural Center provides college scholarships to local minority students, offers a mentoring and tutoring program for youth, and educates families on financing a college education.
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