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Literacy skills improvement is focus for September

Halifax Community College's Literacy Skills Specialist Brian Hopkins, right, works with a student in preparation for the GED exam.

Each year, Literacy Month is celebrated during the month of September, and this year is no different. For people who want to improve academically, get a promotion, enroll in a college program, help children with homework, build self-esteem or more fully participate in new industries coming to the area, this is the time to explore Halifax Community College's (HCC) Literacy Education Program. In fact, the program is celebrating the college's 40th anniversary, Sept. 2-8.

Two components comprise the community college's Literacy Education Program—Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED). Goals include providing convenient and accessible classes, both on and off campus, for adults who need to improve academically and reducing functional illiteracy by providing a core curriculum of reading, writing and math skills.

The college has an open-door policy of continuing education for everyone who has the need and desire to learn. Any adult, 18 years or older, may enroll in either program. There is no registration fee for literacy education and classes are open-entry, open-exit.

ABE classes are self-paced and individualized. Students can get one-on-one tutoring from qualified instructors. Materials are provided and the schedule is flexible at the on-campus Learning Lab or at several off-campus sites.

HCC is a licensed GED test center open to those interested in registering for the exam. The GED exam offers high school equivalency credentials to individuals who did not obtain a high school diploma. Five subject areas including language arts/reading, social studies, science, language arts/writing and mathematics are tested. The only cost of the program is the exam fee of $7.50.

A minimum score of 410 on each of the five tests and a total score of 2250 for the entire test is required to earn a GED. Preparation can be completed at the HCC Learning Lab on the main campus or at the ABE/GED off-campus sites. Students who successfully complete the exam are awarded a high school diploma equivalency from the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges. The GED diploma enables students to pursue certificate, diploma, and degree programs.

The HCC Literacy Program served about 1,100 people last year including GED students and those involved in math, reading and/or writing self-improvement classes. GED graduates numbered 162.

For more details on HCC's Literacy Education Program, call (252) 536-7235.