Enrollment Opportunities for PCC’s Adult Basic Skills Classes

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Adults who are considering enrollment in classes to prepare for high school equivalency tests, GED® or HiSET®, need to claim their seat Students in the Adult Basic Skills program learn about curriculum and continuing education opportunities as they tour the new Siemens Level 1 Certification lab.before September 29 to get enrolled into Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Adult Basic Skills (ABS) program for fall semester 2016, according to Debra Harlow, Dean, Adult Basic Skills program at the College.

Both of PCC’s campuses provide free traditional and online ABS classes. Online class enrollment ends October 31. The ABS program offers instruction in the basic subject areas to assist adults in preparing for high school equivalency testing, GED® or HiSET®, and gain the foundation skills they need to be college or work ready.

Adults who lack a high school diploma or high school level skills are eligible to enroll. Minors, ages 16-17, must be referred by their school and have a guardian release in order to be considered.

Classes are offered Monday-Thursday, during the day and evening on both the Person and Caswell County campuses. All instruction is provided free of charge. Tutoring labs are also offered in the afternoon and evenings for adult learners who need extra help or practice in addition to their ABS class schedule.

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• Online/hybrid (online and face-to-face) instruction is also available for adults who cannot commit to a regular class schedule and need an alternative schedule. Online labs are offered in the afternoon and evenings. Adult learners may access PCC’s online basic skills instruction 24/7 with internet access once they are enrolled in an online ABS class.

• ABS “Transitions Lab” is being offered at PCC’s Workforce Training Center on South Morgan Street in Roxboro on Tuesday and Thursday from 2-5 p.m. ABS instructor Pat Warren is available to help students set educational goals and guide them in achieving their goals of transitioning into occupational training, college, or work. Academic, computer, and various test preparation is offered.

• ABS online and tutoring lab now open at PCC’s Business Development and Entrepreneurship Center (BDEC) at 105 N. Main Street in Roxboro. Ashley Stanford, PCC’s ABS instructor, provides face to face instruction, tutoring, and computer/Internet access for ABS online/hybrid students on Monday and Wednesday from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

• English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are also offered for foreign born adults to learn to read, write, and speak English and prepare for citizenship testing.

• Family learning class, Adults and Children in Education (ACE), provides parents an opportunity to learn skills that will help their child succeed in school. The ACE class will begin on Monday, September 12 at Earl Bradsher Preschool for adults who are parents of a child ages 0-5 years old. Classes for parents will meet on Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. with Carol Milillo as the instructor. In addition to working on basic and family focused skills, the parents may also prepare for high school equivalency testing, learn computer skills, participate in Motheread®, and gain college and career readiness skills.

There is no charge for classes offered through the PCC’s Adult Basic Skills program.

“An advantage to being enrolled in PCC’s ABS classes is the financial assistance the PCC Foundation offers our adult learners with the cost of GED® or HiSET® testing fees. The Foundation will pay $40 of the $80 GED® test fee and will pay $30 of the $50 HiSET® test fee for adults enrolled in PCC’s ABS classes who meet the criteria,” said Debra Harlow.

“We are so grateful to the PCC Foundation for their support of our adult learners! In addition to helping with testing fees, the PCC Foundation also offers one free college course to adults who were enrolled in PCC’s ABS classes and earned their high school equivalency diploma. These two benefits are wonderful incentives for adults to participate in PCC’s ABS classes!” Harlow added.

For additional information on the Adult Basic Skills program or classes, contact the ABS office in Roxboro at (336) 322-2155 or Yanceyville at (336) 694-8057.

Photo: Students in the Adult Basic Skills program learn about curriculum and continuing education opportunities as they tour the new Siemens Level 1 Certification lab.