Provided by City of Manassas Department of Economic Development
On Wednesday, July 28, thirty-four adult Manassas residents will receive their equivalent General Education Development (GED) certificate as part of the City of Manassas’ first GRADUATE program cohort.
A first of its kind program, developed by the Manassas Economic Development Department in partnership with SkillSource Group, Inc., the GRADUATE program offers no-cost training and testing for adult residents seeking a high school equivalency.
The GRADUATE program is free to Manassas residents, covering enrollment, course materials, a mix of virtual and live instruction, and exam fees. Also included is free tutoring and mentoring – along with $250 worth of gift certificates to participating Manassas restaurants and retailers.
By paying for all expenses and incentivizing people lacking a high school diploma or GED, the City hopes its residents will take advantage of the free program to re-tool and be better prepared for the high-skilled jobs being created in the City.
The program was made possible through a unique combination of funding from the City of Manassas, SkillSource, state and federal sources.
“I’m so proud of our graduates and want to offer my congratulations,” said Manassas Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger. “I also want to commend the City and its partners for developing this outstanding program. Education is one of the keys to success and future earning potential, and we want to ensure all Manassas residents have the full opportunity to participate in our thriving local economy.”
The GRADUATE program is part of the Manassas 2025: Five Year Strategic Plan, which aims to increase the percentage of working-age adults who have a high school equivalency. Manassas residents ranked the quality of education as one of their top priorities in the 2018 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.
For more information about the GRADUATE Manassas program, or to register, visit vcwnorthern.com/graduate/.