GED to High School Equivalency: New Diplomas will Reflect Name Change at DCCC, Other NC Community Colleges

April 21, 2014 – Students completing tests to earn their high school diplomas may notice some differences on their actual diploma in the near future, thanks to a name change. Previously called the “General Educational Development” or “GED,” the diploma for students now completing the test will include the words: “High School Equivalency” instead. 

“DCCC will still offer the same service for those wishing to earn their high school credentials, but in the future, we may expand our testing options – using more than the GED Testing Service, which is currently the only one administered,” says Pat Phillips, associate dean of the School of General Studies and Academic Support at DCCC. “The name change simply reflects that additional high school credential testing options will be available, beginning in 2015.”

For the remainder of 2014, students will continue taking the equivalency test via the GED Testing Service, but the newly adopted name will appear on the diplomas.

Effective May 1, cost for each part of the four-part test will be lowered from $30 to $20 per test. “We encourage anyone thinking of earning a High School Equivalency diploma to visit the DCCC campus,” notes Phillips.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at