Enrollment is now open for Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Adult Basic Skills program. The program offers instruction online and in traditional classes in the basic subject areas of Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for Spring Semester 2015. Enrollment ends Feb. 28 for most classes.

Adults who lack a high school diploma or who lack 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. Hybrid courses are also offered that require students to participate online and face-to-face for a minimum number of hours per week. All instruction is provided free of charge and is provided at both the Person and Caswell County campuses. Online labs are offered in the afternoon, evenings and on Saturday mornings at the Person County campus.

According to Debra Harlow, Dean of the Adult Basic Skills program, the reasons why adults enroll into the Adult Basic Skills (ABS) classes vary:  some want to learn how to read; others want to prepare for GED® testing, or college placement tests, and/or job application tests. Ages of the adult learners also vary from age 16 to 80; however, the average age of adult learners in PCC’s Adult Basic Skills classes is age 25-44.

In the Adults and Children in Education (ACE) class, parents/guardians of children 0-5 years old focus on gaining skills in order to help their children succeed in school, to help themselves complete their high school equivalency education, and to become college and/or job ready. “There is research to indicate that a mother’s level of education is the number one factor in determining the child’s success in school,” said Harlow. “In ABS, we focus on helping adults improve their core academic skills which directly impacts their children’s literacy skill development.”

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