Groups launch 'Skip the Drama, pursue a GED Diploma' campaign

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two groups have teamed up for a new campaign that hopes to raise awareness for the GED and other high school equivalency tests.

The Ad Council and Dollar General Literacy Foundation launched "Skip the Drama, pursue a GED Diploma."

"The campaign is all about letting people know what opportunities are out there, where the resources are and they're there to help," said Denine Torr, the director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The ad campaign features a number of radio, newspaper and television ads pushing the website, where individuals can learn about the GED resources available in their specific areas.

"On the website, you can find stories from real life individuals, from the people who've gone through the process and who've taken the GED, so there's a little bit of motivation there and simply finding the resources there," Torr explained.

The foundation also administers grants and this year, thanks to that grant, Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) is able to help 60+ more individuals utilize GED and high school equivalency test programs and services.

"With this funding and through our programs, individuals come back to school on a community college campus and work towards receiving that high school diploma, as well as receive info on how they can transition into college," said Lamoyne Williams with BRCC.

Kahadijah Woods is currently a student at the Baton Rouge Community College Mid-City campus. She went through BRCC's program to get her high school equivalency credentials and said it's a program that others should know is an option, too.

"From the first day, I just felt welcomed," Woods said. "I felt like they opened their arms to me, regardless of what I did or what was in my past. They didn't judge me on that."

For more information on the new campaign, you can visit For information on resources available at BRCC, visit Registration for this year's upcoming programs start on August 19 and continue through the week.

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