Cat Earns GED Online, Internet Diploma Mills Exposed

Posted Aug 17, 2009 by M Dee Dubroff
Most cat lovers believe that their cats are smart, but how many would suspect that their pets could graduate from high school? Meet Oreo Collins, a tuxedo cat from Macon, Georgia, and the very first in her family to earn a high school diploma.
Where did I put those crib notes on Shakespeare?
Where did I put those crib notes on Shakespeare?
According to news sources, a Better Business Bureau scheme to expose Internet diploma mills has revealed that a two-year-old tuxedo cat named Oreo has received a diploma from Jefferson High School Online following a test and a $200 fee paid for by her owner, Kelvin Collins. It is suspected that she is the first in her family to graduate from school but that is a moot point as she wrote in her “life experience essay’ that she had been adopted.
Rescued from a ditch when she was no more than a tiny ball of fluff by Kelvin Collins, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia, Oreo was always encouraged to achieve her educational potential, which she did by partaking in the BBB’s ongoing investigation of online diploma mills.
In Collins own words: “Oreo’s a really smart cat… I am tickled pink to give her an opportunity to get an education. We (the BBB) do a lot of stories on these diploma mills, but a lot of times consumers really don’t get it until you show them an example of how they (the diplomas) aren't worth much.”
In the spirit of full disclosure, it must be said that while Oreo garnered mostly A’s on the online test, Collins did help Oreo with both the answers and the essay. But to be completely fair, Oreo stayed in his lap throughout the test, and Collins got a little help, too.
It must also be said that the GED people claim that Oreo’s high school diploma is not the same as a GED diploma. In the words of GED testing spokesperson, Cassandra M. Brown:
“The GED Tests cannot be taken online. They are only available for in-person testing at an Official GED Testing Center.”
Still Brown also said that the GED Testing service has issued warnings about programs like Jefferson High School Online.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Oreo remains qualified but unemployed. He new diploma may be all the more invalid given the fact that Collins admittedly lied about Oreo’s age on the test. College seems doubtful and Oreo is disappointed but dealing with it by indulging in some extra whiffs of catnip and having fun with the automatic kitty litter box she received as a reward for her scholastic achievements!
What do YOU think about this?