The General Educational Development (GED) is a high school diploma equivalent that has lifelong benefits that include helping Minnesota WorkForce Center customers and other job seekers to be eligible for better, higher-paying jobs or start a pathway to a new career.
The GED tests usually cost $120. Now through the end of June 2016, GED testing is available at no cost to eligible Minnesotans. Check out the links below for more information:
• MN Department of Education link with information about the free GED
• Minnesota Public Radio news blog
Income and wealth among Minnesota’s Black families is falling at a time when the state’s economy is strong.
A large contributor to this crisis is Minnesota’s growing employment disparities. Recently Black and Brown Minnesotans are reportedly much more likely to be unemployed than White Minnesotans with the same job qualifications – some reports say African Americans are four times more likely to be unemployed than White Minnesotans.
We all have a role in increasing economic equity in our state. Continue reading
Thursday, November 12, 2015 is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. This annual event promotes online giving to your favorite schools and nonprofit organizations.
Previous Give to the Max days have spurred $14 million in donation within 24 hours to hundreds of organizations that help animals, education, arts, health, economic disparities, cultural groups, and more.
You can give any day of the year, however, donations made on GiveMN now through November 11 will be transacted on November 12, making some eligible for matching donations and other incentives.
What You Can Do
Don’t you love the Internet? It makes mountains out of mole hills, and can turn a quick fad into a worldwide phenomenon.
Case in point: The Ice Bucket Challenge. At least this time an Internet frenzy lead to the ALS Association raising more than $70 million for research and care for people afflicted with Lou Gerhig’s Disease.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is a simple concept: A person challenges their friends to either give money to ALS or dump a bucket of icy water over their heads. In addition to the countless everyday people who have taken the challenge and/or donated money, dozens of celebrities in the United States and Britain have challenged each other and posted their videos online.
The guests and hosts of the “Jimmy Fallon Show” are a fun example of how the challenge works: