GED® diplomas increase at PCC
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
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