College & Career Readiness

Vision Statement: To improve retention and completion by starting our students’ journey with the end in mind and using a learner-centered, career focused approach to inspire, teach and guide them to reach their personal, educational and career goals.

Program Information

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The Adult High School Diploma program is offered to adults aged 18 or older. Minors, aged 16 or 17, must contact the program director to inquire about eligibility. Programs of study are of sufficient duration and intensity to enable adults to develop the skills necessary to obtain the diploma. Instruction is offered in a classroom setting, through supervised, individual, programmed learning. Credit is given for all work completed in the public school system as shown on the high school transcript. Students must complete the traditional high school requirements as follows:

English 4 units
Social Studies 4 units
Mathematics 4 units
Science 3 units
Health 1 unit
Electives 6 units
Total 22 units

Graduates of this program are awarded diplomas jointly by the Board of Education of the county of residence and Wilkes Community College.

For additional information about the requirements and registering for the Adult High School Diploma program, please call 336-903-3230.

Adult High School Coordinator:  DeeAnna Parker

High School Equivalency (HSE)

The High School Equivalency Diploma program offers instruction to assist learners in preparing to successfully pass a designated high school equivalency test. This test is designed to document knowledge and skills equivalent to that of a graduating high school senior.

Successful examinees are awarded the HSE diploma, issued by the State Board of Community Colleges. Adults 18 and older may qualify for the test. A high school equivalency diploma is issued from the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges upon successful completion of the complete battery of tests.

For additional information, please contact Amanda Handy at 336-903-3230.

Don’t have time to come to class? Don’t worry! Preparation for Adult High School (AHS) and High School Equivalency (HSE) is available online in Ashe, Alleghany, and Wilkes. This program requires minimal face-to-face contact.

For additional information on distance learning opportunities in Wilkes, call 336-903-3230.

Ashe: 336-846-3900
Alleghany: 336-372-5061

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a program of instruction designed for adults who need to improve their reading, writing, math, English, or speaking and listening in English. Students with intellectual disabilities are served in all of the programs, dependent upon their assessment scores.

For more information, call 336-903-3230.

English Language Acquisition is designed to help adults who have limited English proficiency achieve competence in the English language. Classroom instruction is offered at two levels: beginners and intermediate/advanced. Online instruction is available for intermediate/advanced learners. Instruction focuses on helping students achieve competency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the context of real life situations and communication needs.

ELA Coordinator: Tammy Griffin-Garcia, 336-838-6236.

FREE Rise Transition Math and Transition English Courses Offered

The CCR/Basic Skills department offers web-based English and math courses with an emphasis on individual and small group instruction. Instructors provide an engaging, positive and supportive environment. In order to meet the financial needs of all students, we offer the opportunity for students to enroll in our free Transition courses in College and Career Readiness.

If the student is enrolled in curriculum transition courses, those courses will count toward financial aid. If a student enrolls in the Basic Skills section, the course is FREE and will not count towards financial aid.

Some curriculum classes do, however, require an English or Math prerequisite. To register for these courses, completion of Transition classes is required. Your curriculum advisor can assist you in developing a schedule that meets your needs.

Admission Requirements:

  • Students who have graduated from high school within the last ten years with a GPA less than 2.2 will take Transition English and Transition Math.
  • Students who have graduated from high school ten or more years ago or are high school graduates or do not meet the state requirements for the HiSET test will complete RISE Assessments and may enroll in Transition English and Transition Math.
  • Students who believe they need to strengthen their math and English foundational skills as they enter an academic program.

After Completion of Transition Classes:

When students successfully complete Transition classes in College and Career Readiness (CCR) or Curriculum, they can register for Gateway Math or English courses with or without corequisite classes depending on the level of completion.

For more information, contact Amanda Handy at 336-903-3230 or email

Family Literacy Centers offer family literacy programs that include the following components: adult education instruction, early childhood instruction, parent and child interaction time, and parenting education. Adult instruction includes Adult Basic Education(ABE), English Language Acquisition (ELA), High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE) and Adult High School Diploma (AHS) classes. Transportation to the centers may be provided. Motheread, creative writing, and career exploration classes are available at some of the centers.

Family Literacy Coordinator

Tammy Griffin-Garcia

Ashe Family Literacy, a program of WCC’s College Readiness department, enrolls adult students in basic or secondary education, or English Language Acquisition classes, while their children receive high-quality early childhood education to achieve school readiness. Parenting instruction and activities support parents in their role as their children’s first and most important teacher. By offering educational components to both adults and children, the program aims to reduce intergenerational cycles of under-education and poverty that limit lifetime opportunities for employment and advancement.

Class is held Monday – Thursday 8:30-12:30 at Ashe Family Central, 626 Ashe Central School Rd Unit 16, Jefferson, NC 28640. Classes are run from late August through early June.

Career Step is a program designed for students who want to pursue a career goal. All students are expected to adhere to all Wilkes Community College rules and regulations and to attend 80% of the scheduled classes.

What is Career Step?
Career Step in a tuition free program designed primarily for students with an occupational diploma, high school IEP or who have intellectual challenges or disabilities. The program leads students on a step-by-step journey through basic academics, liberal arts, employability skills, workplace readiness, and concludes with hands-on training for a chosen career pathway. Classes meet at the Wilkes Community College Campus, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Step One
Students focus on English, reading, mathematics, and computer skills necessary to progress in the program. Students may enter the program at step two if assessment scores are high enough.

Step Two
Focus will continue with academic skills, adding liberal arts, soft skills, and workplace readiness. Students will have the opportunity to obtain the “Working Smart” soft skills credential. Students will explore program pathways.

Step Three
This step will have contextualized academic instruction specific to their career program. Students will have an opportunity to learn job-specific skills through work-force training.

Step Four
Students will have an opportunity for a pre-apprenticeship or internship, as available, in their pathway through Workforce Development & Community Education or Curriculum certified programs.

If you have any questions, please call 336-903-3236 for assistance.

Contact Information

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Debbie Woodard, MA
Dean of College Readiness and Basic Skills
Phone: 336-903-3231
Basic Skills Schedule
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