June 25, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

PNM Offers Free GED Testing Again Through PED's New Mexico State GED Office

(Santa Fe, NM)--Thanks to a partnership between PNM and the Public Education Department's (PED) New Mexico State GED Testing Office, more people around the state wishing to take their General Education Development Test (GED) will have an opportunity to do so. Through July 9, PNM will pay the GED testing fees for New Mexicans who wish to participate. Last year, hundreds of students took advantage of this great offer.

The communities where the GED offer will run are as follows: Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Clovis, Deming, Farmington, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Roswell, Santa Fe, Taos, Truth or Consequences and Tucumcari. Customers who would like to take advantage of the offer should call 1-866-G-E-D-4-YOU.

“PNM’s personal commitment to New Mexico means that we want to be involved in making this a better, more prosperous state for its residents,” said Bill Real, PNM’s senior vice president of public policy. “By helping people earn their GED we’re giving them a better opportunity to get ahead.”

“We think it is excellent that PNM is offering free testing for GED candidates. Hopefully, this opportunity will motivate the 260,000 New Mexicans without a high school diploma to take action,” said Lisa Salazar, state GED director at the PED.

PNM is running Spanish and English radio ads in the 13 New Mexico communities promoting GED testing. The PED and PNM hope that many of the thousands of New Mexicans who have not yet graduated from high school will take this opportunity to get the educational freedom they need to live better lives. The goal is to increase the number of people who participate in the GED program.

PNM launched the GED program in 2002 in Albuquerque to help New Mexicans get their GED diploma by paying for the necessary testing. On average, a person with a GED earns $6,000 a year more than a person without his or her GED diploma.