The Dickson County school system will continue to operate an adult education program after receiving a grant from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Dickson County will now oversee a GED program for four counties starting July 1 after the state decided to cut costs by combining programs into Service Delivery Areas. Dickson County has been combined with Humphreys, Houston and Stewart counties and will receive a state grant for $180,000. This year, the school system received $103,000 in state funds and $133,000 in local funding for operating GED classes and an Adult High School just in Dickson County. The only grant proposal originally presented for the area came from Workforce Essentials, which asked for over $300,000 to run the program and declined the grant when it came in at $180,000. Adult Education Supervisor Phyllis Bradley said the Adult High School, which allowed adults to earn the exact credits they needed to graduate, will cease operating June 30. Bradley said Dickson County will continue to offer GED testing through Dec. 31 under an agreement with the University of Tennessee-Martin. Starting Jan. 1, GED testing will become computerized and the cost will jump from $65 to $120. Bradley said the local testing center will need considerable work to meet requirements for the new test next year and the program will be seeking grants and donations to upgrade in order to keep a local testing center. Students also will have the option of earning an ETS degree instead of a GED. Bradley said the cost of an ETS test will be about half of the GED test, but the ETS degree is not as widely recognized by colleges and employers as a GED. For information on GED classes and testing dates in Dickson County, call 446-2114.