Well, I'm new to this. I was hired by Minneapolis Public Schools in November of 2008 to initiate an Orientation class for the Evening GED program with the intention of improving the retention rate of people entering or returning to the GED program. What I'm finding is that so many things get in the way and inhibit most of these folks from persisting in putting in the time necessary to pass the GED that it's hard to know where to begin. We seem to have a core group of people who come consistently to GED classes after completing the GED Orientation class, but so many drop out of the Orientation class or don't show after the initial testing and intake. In some ways this is a good thing because it keeps them from draining resources from the GED teachers and students, but in other ways it's discouraging because of the high attrition rate. Does anyone have any ideas or curriculum that really hooks people and keeps them coming?