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Community and technical college system applauds businesses for offering free GED® programs

October 29, 2015 by Laura McDowell

Contact: Laura McDowell, 360-704-4310,

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges today applauded a move by KFC, Walmart and Taco Bell to offer free GED® programs for adult employees who lack a high school diploma.

The programs completely cover the cost of preparing and taking the 4-part GED® tests. The only investment needed by students is time and energy to prepare for the tests. The three companies, along with Southeastern Grocers, are offering the programs through GEDWorks, an initiative by the national GED Testing Service®.  

“These companies have sent a clear message that they value education and the opportunities it brings to their employees,” said Marty Brown, executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. “They are setting a great example for other employers to do the same.”

Company employees need to check with their store managers about participating in the program. Some stores may have eligibility requirements. All Walmart and corporate-managed KFC and Taco Bell stores are offering the program, but participation is optional for individual franchise owners. For more information about GEDWorks, visit the GED® Newsroom.

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