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Hazlehurst Rotarians Learn About CPTC’s Adult Education Program

April 14, 2016 02:46 PM
 

hazlehurst-rotariansClaire Quinn, instructor of adult education for Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC), was recently the guest speaker at the Hazlehurst Rotary Club.  Ms. Quinn spoke to club members about the CPTC Adult Education Program.

According to Ms. Quinn, the CPTC adult education program offers three areas of educational support to citizens: (1) classes that lead to a GED (General Educational Development) diploma; (2) English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for non-native speakers (beginning, intermediate and advanced English); and (3) basic skills classes for adults who want to improve reading, writing, and/or math skills to help children with homework, gain confidence, etc.

Students interested in earning a GED are given an assessment, when they first enroll, to determine their current academic level. The program offers traditional “in-class” and online courses for passing the GED tests. Classes are available Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm for day classes, and evening classes are Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm. The CPTC Adult Education program is currently accepting new students in both the day and night classes. Classes start every week with an orientation session. Eligibility requirements apply.

To pass the GED test, a candidate must score 145 on each of the four subject-area tests: science, social studies, mathematical reasoning, and reading/language arts. Each subject area test costs $40, making the total investment $160. In 2016, the CPTC adult education program has had an 89% student pass rate on the GED test. 

1,472 students currently participate in the CPTC adult education program with the majority (85%) focusing on obtaining a GED.  A 60/40 ratio of women to men make up the current population of adult education students. A little over half are twenty-four years old or younger.

Because most participants are unemployed (74%), many cannot afford the GED testing fees. As a result, the CPTC Foundation established a GED scholarship fund.  The scholarship fund provides funds for the testing fees when students are not able to pay.  The scholarship funds are available for all sites. Eligible applicants must meet specific criteria to receive assistance. The GED Testing Service (GEDTS) also supports GED candidates who are economically disadvantaged by offering some financial aid.

For further information about the Adult Education program serving Hazlehurst or other sites, contact Claire Quinn at 912.379.0645.

In the Photo: Illya Copeland, the Executive Director of the Joint Development Authority of Jeff Davis and Rotary President standing with Claire Quinn, the Adult Education Instructor at Coastal Pines Technical College, who recently spoke at the Hazlehurst Rotary Club.

 

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