G.E.D., GET IT!

I open the community room of the Eloy Library for the Job Help Hub, a part of the Arizona Job Assistance Center.  My table and lap top computer face a window wall so everyone who enters the library will know they can come in.  I have a sign near the door that defines me and those who walk in the door:  GED Test Preparation. While helping people find jobs, I learned that many did not graduate from high school.  They needed to study and take the GED.  

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At nine in the morning exactly, Gina enters with Rose.  Gina emailed me to let me know of their arrival and here they are.  Rose needs to study for the GED. Gina is her ride from home to the library.  What a friend!  Juan and his mother arrive so he can study for the GED.  He is 17 and only has two high school credits to his name.  Zion, our student aide, comes in and can help Juan get started.  I tell them all that they will be studying every day.  The library opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 5:45 p.m.  With all that studying, they can be ready to take the test. 

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Since the studying is done via computer, I direct her to http://jobhelp.azlibrary.gov/ to the section on learning and training.  The last column is dedicated to adult education with six areas to explore specifically for the GED.

My all-time favorite is Khan Academy with its videos and practice.  Everyone I show it to prefers studying with Khan. 

Finally, I show them the Job and Career Accelerator and the Learning Express Library.  Log in and start with GED practice tests. 

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One day I called Central Arizona College inquiring about GED classes in Eloy.  There are none.  All prospective class members have to go either to Casa Grande or Coolidge to sign up.  I encouraged people to sign up for the classes, but frankly some did not have transportation to get to the registration.  I asked CAC Adult Education to come to the Eloy Library to sign up students.  They would not.  

We will solve this problem.  We have started GED Preparation Classes in the library on Thursdays from 9 am to noon.  Steck Vaughn has donated workbooks and we are ready to commence.  Just come in and ask; no need to drive to Coolidge or Casa Grande.  Send people to the new library, located at 1000 North Main Street next to the high school.    Can you help tutor?  Sign up at the library.  he GED exam consists of five sections- language arts (writing), language arts (reading), science, math, and social studies.

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Here is the information from Central Arizona College,  Remember that the only classes in Eloy are at the library. 

Central Arizona College will hold a series of General Education Development (GED) prep classes at several locations throughout Pinal County during the 2013 spring semester.

 

CAC is encouraging students to register for the GED prep classes this semester so they may take the current GED exam prior to the implementation of a new test by the GED Testing Service in January 2014.

 

The cost of the new computer-based GED exam is expected to be significantly higher.

 

CAC will offer a College and Career Pathways program at the Casa Grande Center and Superstition Mountain Campus for GED students who are interested in pursuing a college degree or a new career.

 

This GED: Gateway to Success course, combined with GED preparation, is designed to help prepare students for success in the classroom as well as provide transition tools to higher education and/or career pathways.

 

Students will learn about available college resources and will be introduced to career information resources in order to construct career plans.

 

Students should bring proof of legal presence in the United States. Pre-testing will be required prior to the first day of class; test dates will be provided at the time of registration.

 

Central Arizona College (Casa Grande Center)

1015 East Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, AZ, Room B103

  • 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday & Wednesday, January 14 & 16 and

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday & Wednesday, January 23 – March 13

                                               

  • 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday, January 15 & 17 and

6-9 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday, January 22 – March 12

 

Central Arizona College (Superstition Mountain Campus)

805 S. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction, AZ, Room D133

  • 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday & Wednesday, January 14 & 16 and 

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday & Wednesday, January 23 – March 13

                                               

  • 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday, January 15 & 17 and

6-9 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday, January 22 – March 12

 

The College also will also offer regular GED classes to help students earn their General Educational Development (GED) diploma. Classes will be divided into two eight-week periods and are currently provided at no cost for Arizona residents. 

 

Central Arizona College (Casa Grande Center)

1015 East Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, AZ, Room B101 & B103

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday (Begins January 22)
  • 6-9 p.m., Monday & Wednesday (Begins January 23)
  • 6-9 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday (Begins January 22)

 

Central Arizona College (Florence Center)

800 East Butte, Florence, AZ, Room A106

  • 6-9 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday (Begins January 22)

 

Central Arizona College (Superstition Mountain Campus)

805 S. Idaho Rd., Apache Junction, AZ, Room D133

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday (Begins January 22)
  • 6-9 p.m., Monday & Wednesday (Begins January 23)

 

Coolidge High School

800 W. Northern Ave., Coolidge, AZ, Rooms 308 & 316

  • 6-9 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday (Begins January 22)

 

Maricopa Campus

17945 W. Regent Dr., Maricopa, AZ, Rooms C115 and C116

  • 6-9 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday (Begins January 22)

 

San Tan Center

The Shops at Copper Basin

2474 E. Hunt Highway, Suite 100, Queen Creek, AZ, Room 111

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday & Wednesday (Begins January 23)
  • 6-9 p.m., Monday & Wednesday (Begins January 23)

 

Students taking class at one of the following locations in Eastern Pinal County are encouraged to pre-register at any one of Central Arizona College’s locations or they may register onsite on the first night of the class. Proof of legal presence in the United States is required. These locations are:

 

Aravaipa Campus

80440 E. Aravaipa Rd., Winkelman, AZ, Room E107

  • 6:00-9:00 p.m., Monday and Wednesday (Begins Begins January 23)

 

Oracle (Mt. Vista Junior High School)

2618 W. El Paseo, Oracle, AZ, Room 23

  • 6:30-9:30 p.m., Monday & Wednesday (Begins January 23)

 

Superior High School

100 Mary Dr., Superior, AZ, Room 102

  • 6-9 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday (Begins January 22)

 

For more information on classes in Western Pinal County, please call Central’s Casa Grande Center at 520-494-5950.

 

For more information on classes in Eastern Pinal County, please call Central’s Aravaipa Campus at 520-357-2800 or 520-357-2801.

 

For more information on classes in Northern Pinal County, please call the Superstition Mountain Campus at 480-677-7764.

 

— www.centralaz.edu —

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