GED testing center opens; Oak Cliff graduation rates lag

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The Dallas Public Library opened a GED testing center this week, and few neighborhoods could benefit from it more than ours.

The high school graduation statistics for Oak Cliff neighborhoods are staggering.

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More than half of residents age 25 and older in zip code 75211 lack a high school diploma or equivalent, according to U.S. Census data from 2000, which is the most recent available by zip code.

The numbers for neighbors 25 and older lacking a high school diploma or GED are high in other Oak Cliff zip codes as well:

75216 – 35.4 percent
75224 – 31.1 percent
75233 – 17.2 percent

The GED testing center, on the third floor of the central library, is the first such center in a Texas library, and it was paid for by grants from Atmos Energy, Institute of Museum and Library  Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The center has desks and computers for 15 students at a time and is open nights and weekends. It will allow the opportunity for as many as 3,000 students to take the GED every year.

Sign up for classes by calling 214.671.8291 or email literacy@dallaslibrary2.org.

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