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More options coming in Illinois for GED certification

Illinois plans to offer high school equivalency alternatives

There are more than one million adults in Illinois who don't have their GED or high school diploma.

Now, the agency that oversees GED testing is changing things up to help connect peoples' skills with careers that fit them.

New this year, the Illinois Community College Board is expanding equivalency testing to better accommodate people's individual needs.

They're doing it to reduce the number of adults who don't have a high school education in the state.

They're also trying to meet a changing and expanding job market.

"It's to provide that education and provide that technical skills training that will enable these individuals to be able to go out and earn family sustaining wages," said Community College Board Director of Adult Education Jennifer Foster.

Foster says they hope to start alternative certification methods by fall of this year.

She says there are one more than 1.1 million adults in Illinois who don't have a high school diploma or equivalent.

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