College & Career Readiness

Adult Education | Literacy | Basic Skills

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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

This form is only valid for obtaining an official or unofficial copy of your Adult High School Diploma transcript.
Transcript Request Form

ALL GED/HSE transcript records must be requested from DiplomaSender.
GED/HSE Transcript Request

Diploma Sender is North Carolina’s document fulfiller service for all North Carolina High School Equivalency records. North Carolina Community College System High School Equivalency (HSE) Records office is in the process of transitioning records requests to Diploma Sender.

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: Janet Derick

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 336-903-3233.

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.

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 Track is a certificate program designed to provide students a specific career track leading to employment. The program will bring together academic skills, career exploration, and hands-on training that will lead to a certificate.

How the Program Works
All Career Track classes will begin in July and continue through June of the following year. Classes will meet Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Applicants will attend a two-week screening class. Students accepted into the program will attend a two-week orientation.

The program requires 80% attendance. Specific dates for classes, breaks, and holidays will be provided each year.

Year One
Year one will focus on reading, writing, mathematics and computer skills. At the end of the first year the students will be assessed to determine if they will transition to year two.

Year Two
Year two will focus on academic skills, student interests and abilities, employability skills, resume writing, interview techniques and soft skills required in the work place. At the end of the program year, the students will be assessed to determine eligibility to progress to year three.

Year Three
Year three approaches the finish line of the program. The focus is hands-on job skills in the career track chosen in year two. This final phase of the program will have contextualized academic instruction specific to the chosen track. Upon completion, students will acquire a certificate. The certificate will be awarded at a graduation ceremony at Wilkes Community College.

Application Checklist

  • A completed application
  • An official high school transcript (sealed envelope copy)
  • One reference form from a previous teacher or applicable agency

If you have any questions, please call 336-903-3230 for assistance.

Contact Information

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