CCC&TI to seek funds for GED test price hike

May. 22, 2014 @ 12:09 PM

The price for the GED test will rise from $35 to $80 for the 2014-15 school year. Practice tests will be $6 per test.

This staggering price increase is one the highest raises for next year’s student fees at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, but unfortunately, the college cannot do much about it as the rates are decided by the company that controls the test.

The Board of CCC&TI recognized that an $80 test could be a financial hardship to many of its students at the May meeting. The Board plans to help in any way they can to ensure that the new fee does not keep anyone from continuing their education and securing their GED. Ken Boham, president of CCC&TI, said he is trying to get funding in order to help those students who cannot afford the fee.

Chairman of the Board Larry Taylor encouraged Boham to do whatever possible to ensure the price increase does not lead to financial hardship for students.

“I think it’s very important that you make sure nobody suffers the $80 fee and not be able to take that test,” Taylor said. “Do whatever you have to do to check that out.”

Other increases include the criminal background check, drug screen and immunization tracker for the speech-language pathology assistant program, uniforms for the basic law enforcement training program, drug screens for the electrical lineman institute program and shirts for the massage therapy program. On the other side, costs for the CDL in the truck driving program, CDL license for the electrical lineman institute program, and uniforms for the radiography program will be lowered for the 2014-15 school year as compared to the 2013-14 year.

At the same meeting, Board member Brent Kincaid asked that the Board entertain the idea to add an additional $10-15,000 to the local budget requests to perform maintain on the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, which he referred to as the “number one community face.”

“It is not attractive to the public, and if we need to ask a special request for that one time, fine,” Kincaid said.

Kincaid said that the cement, especially by the main doors, needs to be washed and that some of the trees by the entrance should be trimmed or removed in order that the public will be able to see the Center better from the Highway 321.

“. . .We’re not maintaining that building properly,” he said.