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GED® diplomas increase at PCC

Published Wednesday, April 11, 2012
by Bonnie Davis

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Piedmont Community College (PCC) experienced a significant increase in the number of high school equivalency diplomas it awarded in the past year, giving the College’s Adult Basic Skills Program staff cause to celebrate. For the reporting year that ended Feb. 29, 2012, a total of 199 people earned their high school equivalency diplomas (also known as the GED®) at PCC. That number was 22% higher than the previous year’s total of 163 diplomas. The numbers represent Adult Basic Skills programs in Person and Caswell counties and in two correctional facilities.

“The 17 ABS faculty members, three staff members, and two GED® test examiners who comprise the ABS team that are responsible for the growth in high school equivalency rates during 2011-2012,” said Debra Harlow, PCC’s Adult Basic Skills director.

According to 2005-2009 U.S. Census data, 19% of Person County adults age 25 and older and 25% in Caswell County did not complete high school. PCC's ABS program served 1,169 non-duplicated adult students from July 2010-June 2011. Of those, 64% were classified as functioning at “beginning literacy” to “intermediate literacy” levels, based upon standardized test results approved by the U.S. Department of Education to assess adult learners’ entry level and progress in the ABS program.

PCC offers study in Basic Skills and preparation for GED® testing at no cost; however, the GED®) testing fee is $25. The purpose of the ABS program in addition to assisting adults to earn their high school equivalency diploma is to provide students with the basic skills needed to prepare for college, the workforce or for the student's personal satisfaction.

ABS classes for summer semester at PCC will begin May 29 and end Aug. 3. To enroll or learn more, contact Sylvia Gault on the Person County Campus at (336) 322-2155 or Lori Watlington on the Caswell County Campus at (336) 694-5707. The classes are offered at no charge to students.