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Minnesota offering free online GED preparation courses

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Education now offers a free online preparation course for Minnesotans seeking their General Educational Development Diploma.

The new GED-i online instruction system is a nationally recognized and teacher-facilitated service free to Minnesota students.

"This is an important resource for people who are working toward their GED diploma," said Commissioner Alice Seagren in a news release Thursday. "For many Minnesotans, transportation, child care and work obligations have kept them from going to class to prepare for the GED test. This new program will make GED preparation much more accessible."

GED-i learning is facilitated by instructors from local Adult Basic Education programs. Registered students will work with a licensed teacher from their local ABE program in an online environment. Instructional content can be accessed on the Internet at any time.

According to the 2007 American Community Survey, 10 percent of Minnesotans over the age of 18, about 388,074 people, lack a high school diploma or an equivalent. They can be at a severe disadvantage in an increasingly competitive job market.

The GED-i program is an online preparation program only. The GED test itself must be taken in person at a GED examination center. Students must enroll in person at an ABE provider site.

For location information about local ABE and GED-i providers, visit or call the Minnesota Adult Literacy Hotline at 1-800-222-1990.

For additional information about the GED test itself, visit the GED information Web site at .