Basic Skills Program
The mission of the Basic Skills program is to assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency, assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children, and assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education.
A number of educational and self-improvement opportunities are provided for adults through the various Basic Skills programs. These programs include Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education (GED®), English as a Second Language (ESL), Compensatory Education, and Workplace Literacy.
Classes are held on campus and at various community locations during day and evening hours and are open to individuals 18 and older. No fee is required to attend classes or for in-class use of books and supplies.
To enroll in classes, individuals must be at least 18 years of age and complete the basic skills orientation and placement testing held on campus and, as needed, at off-campus class sites.
Sixteen and seventeen year olds may also enroll provided written permission is granted from the public/private school and their parent or legal guardian. These forms can be obtained by contacting 862-1309, stopping by the Basic Skills Office in the Freeland Building Room 126, or by printing these forms from this link.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Designed primarily for adults whose basic skills are below the ninth grade level, ABE classes focus on helping adults function more effectively in today’s technological world by improving their reading, writing, and math skills. Students work with instructors to improve in areas that they, the instructor, and the placement tests deem to be areas of limited proficiency. Students without a high school diploma are encouraged to continue studies in the General Education Development program.
Adult Secondary Education (GED®)
This program is offered as a means for adults with educational skills at the high school level to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma by passing the GED® exam. The exam consists of five subject tests: writing, social studies, science, literature and the arts, reading and math. Students achieving a minimum total score of 2250, with no single test lower than 410, will receive a High School Diploma Equivalency Certificate from the North Carolina Community College System. In preparation for the exam, students are guided through an individualized study process by instructors and given Official GED® Practice Tests. Students must demonstrate proficiency on the practice tests before taking the exam. The GED® exam is administered on campus several times each month during the day and evening. A $35.00 first-time testing fee is required.
Students are eligible to participate in the College’s annual graduation exercises provided they have (1) completed all tests of the GED® exam by the designated deadline, (2) ordered their cap and gown and paid the required graduation fee by the designated deadline, and (3) returned all college materials and met all financial obligations to the College.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
ESL instruction is offered for adults whose native language is not English. Classes focus on survival language skills and are established on a need and interest basis.
Compensatory Education (CED)
Designed to help improve academic and social skills of adults with intellectual disabilities, CED classes are offered in cooperation with Solid Foundation Facilities, Inc.’s Choanoke Valley.
Basic Skills Refresher Class (Hybrid)
This is a class for students who need to increase their skill levels in the math, reading and writing areas to prepare for the Work Keys tests and/or to enroll in an Occupational Extension course. Students may work in class with an instructor and/or enroll into the KeyTrain online program. The KeyTrain program provides students, at their convenience, the ability to obtain their skills upgrade by utilizing the Internet.
Basic Skills Plus-General Occupational Technology or Welding Technology
This program is designed for people who have not attained their high school diploma nor finished their GED® and would like to participate in tuition free college courses to obtain a General Occupational Technology or Welding-Plate Certificate. Eligible students will attend both college level courses and a Basic Skills class to work toward completing their GED®. The college level courses may be in electricity, hydraulics, safety, welding and college student success. Students will also complete an introduction to computers course and WorkKeys tests for the opportunity to obtain a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Interested students will need to be tested for eligibility prior to registration for the college level courses. Contact 862-1258 for additional information.
Basic Skills Plus-Nurse Aide I Training
This program is designed for people who have not attained their high school diploma nor finished their GED® and would like to participate in a tuition free course to complete Nurse Aide I Training. Eligible students will attend both the Nurse Aide I Training course and a Basic Skills class to work toward completing their GED®. Students will also complete an introduction to computers course and WorkKeys tests for the opportunity to obtain a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Interested students will need to be tested for eligibility prior to registration for the Nurse Aide I Training class. Contact 862-1258 for additional information.