Literacy Education Program

Halifax Community College’s Literacy Education program offers Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development® (GED), Students with Disabilities, English Language Acquisition, and Self-Improvement components. Classes are available for individuals desiring to improve academically and personally, increase opportunities for gainful employment or promotions, continue educational goals, assist children with homework and/or strengthen skills which makes one more prepared to participate in new or existing industries in the Roanoke Valley and beyond.

HCC has an open-door policy in Workforce & Economic Development for everyone who has the need and desire to learn. Any adult 18 years of age or older may enroll in HCC’s Literacy Education program. New students attending on-campus classes are required to attend New Student Orientation and students attending off-campus classes are able to enroll on the days that classes meet. Our highly qualified and motivated instructors provide individualized and group instruction and computerized instruction that involve real-life situations. Additionally, instruction is provided by utilizing magazines, newspapers, videos, computerized instruction, etc.

On January 2, 2014 the GED® Testing Services began the new 2014 GED® tests. The new GED® tests are computer-based but not offered online through the internet. The GED®, High School Equivalency HiSET(R) and Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)(R) exams offer high school equivalency credentials to individuals who did not obtain a high school diploma. Classes do not have registration fees. However, students are required to pay examination fees. In North Carolina, all students taking the GED® examination are required to pay a total of $80, individuals taking the HiSET must pay $50 and individuals taking the TASC must pay $54, which covers the entire battery of High School Equivalency tests. Regardless of which high school equivalency assessment you choose it will lead to the same High School Equivalency credential. The 2014 GED® testing series consist of literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. The High School Equivalency tests are more in line with the state’s Common Core Standards and are designed to help prepare students to be college and career ready. For students who have taken GED® tests before 2014 and did not complete GED® requirements, these GED® tests have expired and you must start over. However, motivated and qualified instructors are in place to help you reach your educational goals!

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Dr Tamba O Thompson
Director of Literacy Education
Phone: 252-536-7235
Building: Dr. Elton Newbern, Jr. Educational Center
Office Number: 503