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“Fostering an individual’s desire for education, opportunity, and independence.”

Our Programs

Albuquerque GED, Inc. (previously SER de NM ABE/GED program) was named the New Mexico Higher Education Department Adult Basic Education Division’s 2010 Program of the Year. We offer student-focused Adult Basic Education and GED preparation classes in a small class environment with morning, afternoon, and evening options. Thanks to the generosity of the following partners, Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque,SL Start Program, and most recently, Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce made possible through United Way, our community-based organization operates out of various community/resource centers and computer labs, serving over 225 students in some of the most under-served areas within Albuquerque.

Our Impact

Based on the core outcomes, ABQ-GED®’s contribution in Bernalillo County is $2.5M as follows:

  • $750,000 in increased earning potential from GED® (75 x $10,000/yr.)
  • $636,480 in local economic gains (36 got a job: $8.50/hr. x 2080 hours/yr.)
  • $707,200 in local economic gains (40 retained a job: $8.50/hr. x 2080 hours/yr.)
  • $305,100 in increased earnings from Post-Secondary transitions (27 entered colleges x $11,300/yr).
  • $117,000 (9 x 13,000) in savings from 9 students getting off Public Assistance (25% of students that got a job).

Based on current year (FY2013-14) our contribution to date of over $1M is as follows:

  • $690,000 in increased earning potential from GED® (69 x $10,000/yr.)
  • $212,160 in local economic gains (12 entered/retained employment: $8.50/hr. x 2080 hours/yr.)
  • $180,800 in increased earnings from Post-Secondary transitions (16 entered colleges x $11,300/yr).
  • $1,082,960

* Data through 3/31/14.

Our Students

Our population is predominantly Hispanic (73%); of those, 72% are women, of which 42% are single parents.

  • 63% of our Adult Secondary Education (ASE/GED) program obtained their GED!
  • 24% of our Adult Education program students also obtained their GED!
  • During FY 2011-2012, 63% or 137 of our students were on public assistance.
  • 5 of our GED graduates have left public assistance over the last two years.
  • The # 1 predictor of school success and a child staying in school is parental involvement; educated parents create educated children!

Our Need

  • Over 400,000 adults in New Mexico need Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • In Bernalillo County alone, over 131,000 adults need a High School Diploma (ASE or GED)
  • Beginning in 2014, national GED test fees will triple, bringing our estimated need to $7,200 for 60 students.
  • Got an older computer, laptop, or tablet around your home? We could sure use it!