On Jan. 1, 2014, the GED testing program will completely change from the current format. The test will be computer based and the content will be harder. The changes are expected to reinforce the skills needed for college, specialized training and the workplace. The current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013. Those who have taken the GED test, but have not passed all five parts have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over in 2014 with the new test.

Individuals wanting help in preparing for the GED test can attend classes in Caledonia or in Preston through the Workforce Development program. Teachers are ready to assist interested students in preparation for the GED tests by covering the subject areas of writing, reading, math, social studies and science.

Community Education's Pathways to Success Adult Basic Education program offers GED preparation and basic skills classes at two locations in the area, beginning the week of Sept. 9. Students may begin class at any time during the school year.

Classes will be held at Caledonia on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and in Preston on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

Students will also enroll in the on-line GED® preparation program giving them the opportunity to study at home as well as participate in the classroom session.

With a GED credential there are more opportunities for one's future. Open doors to a college path and a career, a better job, or a possible promotion. Make the future full of possibilities and take the GED® test now before it changes.

For more information, please call Preston Workforce Development, Inc., at (507) 765-2476 or Caledonia Community Education at (507) 725-5139.