HCC High School Equivalency Testers Succeed with New Test
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Last updated:Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 01:33 PM Posted:Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Haywood Community College’s College and Career Readiness Department is experiencing student success with the implementation of the new High School Equivalency (formerly GED) test, which went into effect in January, 2014. For the transition, the department planned ahead to make the transition achievable for students and worked to remove barriers that students may encounter.
According to Rachel Clark, HCC Chief GED Examiner, “The testers have been very positive about the test. While the test is different, it is very doable. Students are testing, passing, and continuing on into the workplace or other college programs.”
In addition, the college has arranged for financial assistance for those in need through the HCC Foundation. “The cost of the test should not deter anyone from pursuing and reaching the goal of a High School Equivalency Diploma,” says Patricia Smith, Coordinator of HCC’s College and Career Readiness program.
Instructors at HCC have been preparing for several months to teach students who will take the new test. Classes have been redesigned for the specific subjects covered in the test. Day classes are available in each of the subject areas. “We offer very flexible scheduling to accommodate our testers’ needs,” explains Clark. “Our center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with extended evening hours on Wednesdays until 8 p.m.”
The department has purchased new books and other classroom materials to aid the students in being successful. As always, High School Equivalency classes, books, and other materials are free to the students.
Dr. Buddy Tignor, Vice-President of Academics, says “I want students to know that the College and Career Readiness Department is fully staffed and equipped to prepare students for the test. I also want each of the students to know that HCC has many programs available after the GED. We have established a transition process just for these students. Our goal is for each College and Career Readiness student to be successful at HCC and in the workplace.”
If you are interested in furthering your education and career by completing your High School Equivalency Diploma, please call 828-627-4648 to schedule an orientation. For more information about the new High School Equivalency test, please call 828-627-4700.
Haywood Community College’s College and Career Readiness Department is experiencing student success with the implementation of the new High School Equivalency (formerly GED) test, which went into effect in January, 2014. Pictured left to right are HCC Chief GED Examiner Rachel Clark and HCC Vice President of Academics Dr. Buddy Tignor as they discuss the new test.