Haywood Community College’s Adult Education program now has a new iPad station for students. This is the first station being used in North Carolina Adult Education programs. Twenty iPads have been purchased and loaded with the latest programs to teach English as a Second Language, Compensatory Education, Career Planning, Adult High School, and GED classes.

The GED program is facing changes like never before.  “Knowledge of technology will be necessary for these students to be successful,” says HCC Recruiter Kelly Teague. “Our students need to be prepared for college and the work place. Knowledge of the iOS technology will help students be more employable as they graduate from our program.” 

Some of the programs that have been added to the iPads are interactive and virtual science and Biology lessons and math manipulative programs. Math classes incorporating iPads has yielded excellent results. 

According to Patricia Smith, HCC Coordinator of Adult Education, “Our instructors are working to provide programs that will be used by other Adult Education programs in the future.  We will continue to provide our students with the best education possible.  Understanding the changes we are facing is the encouragement we need to always provide the best training and teaching tools possible.”

Another advantage to using this technology is the sustainability of the programs. Entire modules can be taught with little to no paper. Students can learn reading, writing, math, social studies, and science with a small tablet. 

Orientation is available each month for HCC GED and Adult High School Diploma courses. With the changes coming in January 2014, now is the perfect time to begin classes.  For more information about GED or AHS classes, call 828-627-4643 or 828-565-4182 or visit HCC’s Adult Education on Facebook or online at haywood.edu/adult_education.