The College Readiness Division offerings include Adult High School Diploma (AHS), Adult Basic Education (ABE), English Language Acquisition (ELA), High School Equivalency (HSE), and Family Literacy.
Adult High School Diploma
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:
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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 336-667-6493.
Adult High School Coordinator: Janet Derick, 336-667-8475, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
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 (Compensatory Education students) are served in all of the programs, dependent upon their assessment scores.
For more information, call 336-838-3230.
English Language Acquisition (ELA)
English Language Acquisition is a program of instruction 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. Distance instruction is available for intermediate/advanced learners. Instruction focuses on assisting students in acquiring competency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the context of real life situations and communication needs. Grammar and pronunciation are also addressed, as are topics of U.S. history, government, civics, U.S. culture and customs, and the local community. Classes for workplace ELA, English for Special Purposes, Citizenship Preparation, and other needs can be made available on request if the number of students interested is sufficient to constitute a class.
ELA Coordinator: Deborah Britton, 336-818-1401, email@example.com.
High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE)
The high school equivalency program prepares adults to take the new test.
The new High School Equivalency test began in January 2014. The new test is computer based and will be delivered in the Pearson Vue Testing Center at the North Wilkesboro Center. This will offer more flexibility in scheduling your testing. The cost of the test is increasing to $120 ($30 per test component), and any test component that has to be repeated will incur the $10 cost for each repeat.
The test will no longer be primarily multiple choice, but will feature: Extended response, Drag-and-drop, Drop-down, Fill-in-the-blank, Hot spot, Multiple choice, and Short answer.
Subject areas covered on the new test are: Reasoning Through Language Art, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.
Successful examinees are awarded the HSE diploma, issued by the State Board of Community Colleges. Adults 18 and older may qualify for the test. Persons who fail any part of the four-part examination may enroll in appropriate courses for further preparation.
Preparing for the NEW Test:
Free HSE Test preparation is offered at various times and locations throughout our service area in College Readiness/Basic Skills classrooms, online, family literacy sites, and workplace classes. Assessment tools are available to give students an indication of their likely performance on the test and to identify their areas of strengths and weaknesses.
HSE Questions: North Wilkesboro Center, 336-903-3230.