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MDRC: A Career Approach to GED Instruction

This two-page issue focus from MDRC describes two GED pathway programs — a completed evaluation at LaGuardia Community College in New York City, GED Bridge to Health and Business, and an ongoing evaluation for a similar program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Both programs test a career-focused GED curriculum model that aims to improve high school credentialing and college entry rates. It offers a contextualized, career-focused GED curriculum while supporting students in their transition to college or training.
The issue focus highlights the four main elements of the model:

  1. A career-focused curriculum
  2. Direct connections to postsecondary institutions
  3. Managed cohort enrollment
  4. Supportive services to help students enter college and a career

A Career Approach to GED Instruction