Literacy Volunteers Helped Record Number of Adults Pass the GED Test in 2013

Roslyn Reed of Cranford (center) teaches Liseta Leite of Union and Frank Maglio of Linden in preparation for the GED high school equivalency test.
Roslyn Reed of Cranford (center) teaches Liseta Leite of Union and Frank Maglio of Linden in preparation for the GED high school equivalency test.

A record number of local adults passed the GED test and earned their high school equivalency diploma in 2013 thanks to Literacy Volunteers of Union County’s free GED Test Prep Program. 

The non-profit held morning, daytime and evening classes in Cranford, Elizabeth, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, and Scotch Plains.

Registration is now open for new classes in Elizabeth and Roselle beginning Monday, February 3.   For more information or to register, contact Dawn at Literacy Volunteers of Union County, 908-486-1777.

Under the direction of Literacy Specialist Dawn Harrison of Scotch Plains, and with the support of 16 trained volunteer tutors, Literacy Volunteers GED Test Prep Program aims to help adults advance in their current job, get a better job or go to college.

Launched by Literacy Volunteers of Union County in 2009, in response to the growing need in the community for more flexible, student-centered programming for students with the greatest educational and financial need, Literacy Volunteers’ free GED Test Prep classes are offered four to six hours a week, for ten to fifteen weeks. 

 "We have been tremendously successful in enrolling, tutoring, and preparing our adult students to take the GED high school equivalency exam," said Dawn Harrison, literacy specialist and coordinator of the GED program. "Our unique one-on-one and small group student-centered approach to teaching provides adult students who have significant educational and financial challenges with the needed support and flexibility of scheduling to effectively prepare for the test.  Our wonderful highly trained volunteer tutors make this tremendously valuable program possible!"

  In just a few short years, LV-UC's award-winning GED Test Prep Program has grown from five students in 2009 to now serving approximately 200 students a year.

The growing list of students who have already successfully passed all or part of the GED Test includes:

Maria Ramahlo of Edison


Gisela Arriaga of Elizabeth

Victor Aviles of Elizabeth

Xiomara Banitto of Elizabeth

Nancy Figueiredo of Elizabeth

Carlos Gonzalez of Elizabeth

Marisol Gonzalez of Elizabeth

Omisa Greene of Elizabeth

Veronica Huerta of Elizabeth

Anna Kumor of Elizabeth

Vera Leitao of Elizabeth

Paolo Lussati of Elizabeth

Erna Macenars of Elizabeth

Maria Monteagudo of Elizabeth

Tamara Ovalle of Elizabeth

Leonilia Ribeiro of Elizabeth

Julissa Rosa of Elizabeth

Michael Salgado of Elizabeth

Veronica Solis of Elizabeth

Hueguette Tcheo of Elizabeth

Jennifer Torres of Elizabeth

Tameeka Tucker of Elizabeth

Nolan Welch of Elizabeth


Timothy Hopkins of Fanwood


Gerald Cooper of Hillside

Lisette Rodriguez of Hillside


Frank Maglio of Linden

Karen McDougald of Linden

Maria Mendes of Linden

Gad Montogomery of Linden

Phillipa Oscar of Linden



Donna Perez of Rahway

Keith Richardson of Rahway

Youlande Shearer of Rahway


Anthony Bullen of Roselle

Lydia Charles of Roselle

Joseph Cruz of Roselle

Veronica M. Huerta of Roselle


Yullisa Castillo of Plainfield

Christine Exum of Plainfield

Emmanuel Gary Wright of Plainfield


Franz Bedatsky of Scotch Plains


Liseta Leite of Union


Ethel Archer of Vauxhall

Janet Thompson of Vauxhall




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