The Maine Department of Education has partnered with the Finance Authority of Maine to encourage residents to obtain their high school equivalency. An open house is planned at Adult Learning Centers around the state, offering information about the process, a chance to get started, and possibly a chance to finish your certification.

FAME's Pamela Crate says attending the open house is not a commitment, but rather, a step forward.

"They'll be able to get information, they'll be able to start the process, and in many cases they'll be able to finish their GED," Pam told me. "We have about 7,000 Mainers that have started to get their GED but haven't finished it. Perhaps it's a math test that they're struggling with. And it's the adult education programs are really the people to help them get the tools they need and finish their GED."

FAME’s Elizabeth Vanderweide says the statistics show that the need is great and that getting a GED can make a difference in your future.

There's 136 thousand residents in Maine, that's more than 10 percent of the adult population, who have not finished their high school equivalency. So we're trying to get the word out, on FAME's behalf," Elizabeth explained. "What it really means is educating the work force, helping Maine become more of an economic force. But for the individual, making them more bullet-proof to the ups and downs of the economy, and opening all kinds of doors for them."

Maine is about to change to a different testing system, so if someone has started the GED process, it’s the perfect time to finish it. The GED-Now events will be held around the state on Saturday, September 21st.

To learn more about obtaining a GED or to find the event nearest you log onto the Maine GED Now website.