ADULT EDUCATION AND GED CLASSES
The Northwest-Shoals Community College Adult Education Program offers free Adult Education/GED prep classes throughout Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, and Lawrence counties as well as the city of Haleyville. Adult Basic Education classes cover math, language, science, and social studies and are open to anyone. GED prep classes are available online and at various locations throughout northwest Alabama including the Northwest-Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals campus.
Prospective students need to contact the Adult Education Office on the Muscle Shoals Campus at 256-331-5440 during business hours. Students are then provided with instructions on class locations as well as information for the online option and how to schedule pre-test assessments. The GED test is administered at the testing centers on the Muscle Shoals and Phil Campbell campuses.
English as Second Language (ESL) and Civics Education classes are also offered to provide English literacy and civics education services to immigrants and other limited-English proficient populations so that they may effectively participate in the education, work, and civic opportunities of this country. In addition, College prep classes are offered to prepare prospective college students and GED graduates for the college world.
For more information on these classes, please call 256-331-5440.
You must not be enrolled in a public K-12 school, a private K-12 school, a church school, or a private tutor program registered with the Alabama Department of Education, and you must not have previously earned a high school diploma.
You must also meet one of the following requirements:
1. Be 18 years of age or older and:
2. Be 17 years of age and:
- Provide valid identification such as driver's license, non-driver's identification, or acceptable passport.
Mandatory Attendance Age Law
- Be a resident of Alabama;
- Provide valid identification such as driver's license, non-driver's identification, or acceptable passport;
- Have a notarized permission form from a parent or legal guardian;
- Legal guardians must provide proof of court appointed guardianship;
- Have a student exit interview from a public school, or a letter from a private school showing that student is no longer enrolled.
According to ACT-2009-564, the mandatory attendance age for Alabama schools is raised from age 16 to age 17, effective August 1, 2009. Anyone under age 17 now needs a certificate of exemption from the local superintendent in order to take the GED on or after the effective date. (along with the previous requirements listed for 17 year olds: resident of Alabama, valid picture identification, Social Security Card, notarized permission form from a parent or legal guardian)
*16 and 17 year olds are exempt from school forms if they are court ordered to take the exam. A copy of the court order must be presented at the registration appointment.
Scheduling the GED Exam
To schedule your GED Exam, you must pre-register at the GED website (http://www.ged.com). You will need to create an account with an e-mail address and be prepared to make your payment with a debit/credit card or earned GED voucher when you register online. Select the date, time, and location most convenient for you. If you need special accommodations, you will need to submit additional documentation verifying the need for the accommodation at the time of registration.
GED Exam Content & Cost
The GED exam covers mathematical reasoning, reasoning through language arts, science, and social studies. Each part costs $30, and the entire test is $120. You should prepare to dedicate an entire day for testing if you plan to take the entire test, or you may register for individual sections of the GED, which is recommended. Students who need to reschedule appointments must do so via the GED (http://www.ged.com) website at least 24 hours before the appointment. If an attempt to cancel or reschedule an appointment is made in less than 24 hours from the appointment time, the student will forfeit the test fees.
For more information, contact the GED Examiner at the campus most conveniently located to you.
Transcript copies must be requested through the GED Credentialing (http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/gedrequest-a-transcript) website.
There is a $15 per transcript charge.
NATIONAL CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE (NCRC)
The NCRC is accepted by more than 10,000 employers nationwide as a reliable way to verify individuals' work skills. To earn the certificate, you must participate in 12 clock hours of preparation and review and complete the following ACT WorkKeys Tests: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. The Adult Education Office offers the on-site preparation and WorkKeys testing needed to earn the certificate. For more information, call 256-331-5440.
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