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Adult Education Center offers free GED practice tests

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - In Horry County there are 21,000 people from the ages of 18 to 64 who do not have a high school diploma or GED.

For a limited time, Horry County residents without a high school diploma or GED can take the first steps toward earning that high school credential by taking one of four free GED practice tests at the Adult Education Center.

The opportunity to take a free practice test is designed to help students determine if they are ready to take and pass the official GED test. All registration, testing and course fees are free, as a result of business partnerships and grants between federal and state government entities and the SC Department of Education’s Office of Adult Education.

Classes are open to anyone age 17 or older who has officially withdrawn from school and are designed to accommodate each individual student. Adult Education is also able to provide specific learning labs and classes based on students’ interests. Students gain hands-on experience in areas such as business, health science, hospitality and tourism, and information technology.

“The demands on the job are going to continue to grow,” said Etta Carter, Director of the Adult Education Center. “So, they are going to have to be competent and ready to do those things. A GED or high school diploma is going to make sure they are on track to do so.”

The free tests are available on a first-come/first-served basis. Space is limited, and students are encouraged to register early.

Leaders at the Adult Education Center, say not only do they help with GED’s, but if you’ve been out of school for a while and trying to get into a technical school, they will help you refresh your skills and practice to take the entrance exams.

They help with ASVAB, the Works Key Certificate, and most recently with the Act 155, which is allowing students who didn’t pass the graduation exam to be able to fill out a one-page application to get their high school diploma. The GED program at the Adult Education Center not only helps those students, but Director Etta Carter says it can help the entire community.

“The more people we have that are able to do more complex jobs, the more businesses and industries we will be able to attract to our area,” said Carter.

Carter says if we can change what some parents are able to do as far as education, it will translate to their kids currently in the K12 system – by transforming the way those parents look at the importance of education.

Not only are they offering classes for you, but also your child while you’re in class.

Educational childcare is available for children up to age 5. Childcare is free, however parents must participate in Parent & Child Together time and parenting classes.

The Adult Education Center also offers several English as a Second Language classes, from beginner to advanced, are also available, with students from more than 30 different countries.

Carter says that sometimes life just happens and they understand that, they won’t judge you – they’ll help you find employment and your niche in life.

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