Enrollment continues to be open for Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Adult Basic Skills program for fall semester; however, enrollment into regular classes ends on Oct. 15. Enrollment for the hybrid (lab and online) instruction ends on October 30. The program offers instruction in the basic subject areas of Language Arts (reading and writing), mathematics, science, and social studies. Levels span from non-reader through high school equivalency completion. English as a Second Language classes focus on reading, writing, speaking, civics and citizenship for foreign born adults who need to learn English.

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 and evenings.

A new hybrid (online and lab) location has been created recently this fall at the Business Development 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 there on Tues. and Thurs. from 1 – 4 p.m. Stanford will orient students to the online/hybrid class and assist students so that they are able to meet their instructional/educational goals. Lab times are required only for orientation and progress testing. All instruction may be accomplished online; however, an instructor is available and assigned to each online student. “Online instruction is a great option for adult learners who want flexible scheduling, anywhere, anytime they are able to devote time to their studies,” Debra Harlow, Dean, Adult Basic Skills offered. “The minimum weekly participation in the online study is six hours per week to remain active in the online study program. There is no cost to students to participate in this or any other Adult Basic Skills Classes.

According to Harlow, 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 high school equivalency 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.

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.

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