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VC's Adult Learning Center helps advance education

By Victoria Advocate
Sept. 25, 2010 at 4:25 a.m.


By Katy Long

Due to some unforeseen family circumstances, I never did finish high school back when I was a teenager. But now, I really want to get a better job so I don't have to work two jobs. Can you give me any information on how I can get my diploma now?

Victoria College offers an Adult Education Program that can help you achieve your GED by providing instruction in basic skills for GED preparation and improving your skills to a college-ready level.

Obtaining a GED and enhancing your basic skills will help ensure you remain in the workforce and improve your earning potential.

The Adult Education Program at VC offers classes in basic skills four times a year with each session lasting seven weeks. There are also distance learning options, and the program is offered at satellite locations as well, including Cuero, Edna, Hallettsville, Port Lavaca, Refugio, Yoakum and Yorktown. You can get more information on meeting dates and class times and an application at the library in your community.

After you apply for the Adult Education Program, you will need to take the Test of Basic Education to determine your placement in classes. Classes will include core academic subjects such as reading, writing and math.

The Adult Education Program also includes English as a Second Language courses for non-native speakers who need to become proficient enough in English to pass state and citizenship exams and continue on with their education. The ESL program is offered twice a year and lasts 14 weeks.

Included in the program is the GED Official Practice Test that will help you determine your readiness for the GED. This is a free practice test and you will not need to apply to take it.

The practice test is longer than the official test and allows for more time to complete it, but the questions are designed to be a representation of what you will actually encounter on the official exam.

The practice exam covers the same five components as the official exam, including math, language arts reading, language arts writing, social studies and science. If your score on the practice exam is greater than 500, you will be referred to the Testing Center at VC to take the official exam. If your score is less than 500, you will be referred for more tutoring or classes.

While the practice exam is free, the official GED test is $70 and you may make arrangements to take the official exam at the VC Testing Center.

Do you have a question about The Victoria College? Contact Katy Long, writer/photographer, at 361-573-3291 Ext. 3408 or www.victoriacollege.edu.

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