Mission Statement:
North Carolina's adult education and literacy program, Basic Skills, supports the mission of the North Carolina Community College System which is "to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, and improve the lives and well-being of individuals."

Program Information

MAPQUEST DOES NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE DRIVING DIRECTIONS
Follow I-77 North to Exit 73 Interchange with US 421; exit to US 421 North (Wilkesboro, Boone)

From east on US 421 North: Use Exit 282, turn right on NC 115 North/US 421 Business; follow NC 115 North for approximately 3 miles. Immediately after crossing the Yadkin River bridge, turn right on NC 268 East; after approximately 1 mile, just beyond the Ford dealership, follow NC 268 to the right; after approximately one-half mile turn left at the green rectangular sign that reads "Wilkes Community College/North Wilkesboro Center" onto White Pine Street; WCC's North Wilkesboro Center is the yellow building 0.2 mile on the right at the top of the hill. Enter through Gate 9.

From north (Alleghany County) on NC 18: Follow NC 18 South; at the fifth traffic signal, turn left onto NC 268 East; after approximately one-half mile turn left at the green rectangular sign that reads "Wilkes Community College/North Wilkesboro Center" onto White Pine Street; WCC's North Wilkesboro Center is the yellow building 0.2 mile on the right at the top of the hill. Enter through Gate 9.

From south on NC 16 or NC 18: The two routes merge a few miles south of Wilkesboro. Follow signs for NC 18 North until it merges with NC 268 East; follow NC 268 East through Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro; after passing the Ford dealership, follow NC 268 East to the right; after approximately one-half mile turn left at the green rectangular sign that reads "Wilkes Community College/North Wilkesboro Center" onto White Pine Street; WCC's North Wilkesboro Center is the yellow building 0.2 mile on the right at the top of the hill. Enter through Gate 9.

From west on US 421: In Wilkesboro, after passing Walmart on the right, look for US 421 Business; turn left at the light and follow US 421 Business through North Wilkesboro until the route merges with NC 268 East to the right; after approximately one-half mile turn left at the green rectangular sign that reads "Wilkes Community College/North Wilkesboro Center" onto White Pine Street; WCC's North Wilkesboro Center is the yellow building 0.2 mile on the right at the top of the hill. Enter through Gate 9.

From north (Ashe County) on NC 16: At the first traffic signal, turn left and continue to a Stop sign; at the Stop sign, turn left and travel for several miles to NC 18; turn right on NC 18 South; at the fifth traffic signal, turn left onto NC 268 East; after approximately one-half mile turn left at the green rectangular sign that reads "Wilkes Community College/North Wilkesboro Center" onto White Pine Street; WCC's North Wilkesboro Center is the yellow building 0.2 mile on the right at the top of the hill. Enter through Gate 9.

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 Raleigh.
GED/HSE Transcript Request

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 Derick336-903-3235.

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
336-838-6236
tjgriffin918@wilkescc.edu

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

Image of Debbie Woodard
Debbie Woodard
Dean of College Readiness and Basic Skills
Phone: 336-903-3231
drwoodard792@wilkescc.edu
Basic Skills Schedule