Career, college-readiness classes scheduled

Published 9:04 pm Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Division of Continuing Education at Beaufort County Community College announces a schedule of four upcoming classes that will help students obtain their high-school equivalency and acquire new job skills or obtain a college degree faster than before.
The schedule of classes, offered at different times and locations in Beaufort County beginning Aug. 15 and ending Oct. 12 is as follows:
• 8:30 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Fridays, one class in Room 813 and a second class in Room 816 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus;
• 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Trinity Episcopal Church, N.C. Highway 33, Chocowinity;
• 8:30 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Thursdays, JobLink, 1385 John Small Ave., Washington.
There is no fee to attend these classes.
Students in the program will commit to a nine-week intensive course of instruction involving all academic areas. They will also learn test-taking skills and participate in career and college preparation and exploration.
Students in the class will set their own deadlines to take the GED exam as determined by student and teacher based on academic needs, study habits, career and/or college goals, and any other information which may affect achievement and outcomes.
In order to better meet the needs of adult learners in our community, the basic-skills department is undergoing changes in classes, teaching methods, subject matter and content, attendance policies, and enrollment practices, according to Laurie Weston, basic-skills coordinator at BCCC.
The classes are designed to “put students on a fast track” to achieving their general educational development diploma and “prepare them to enter a career pathway or college program of study,” according to Weston.
“More innovative, active involvement teaching strategies that incorporate hands-on learning, field trips, projects and other real-life activities will be used in these classes,” she said.
The minimum requirements for the course include completing an enrollment process which involves taking the adult basic education placement test, setting personal academic and career goals, attending an orientation/counseling session and filling out registration and enrollment forms. Students must be 18 years old or older, although 16- and 17-year-old students may qualify with parental permission. Students will not be allowed to miss more than six total hours of class over the course of the program. Those not meeting the attendance requirements may transfer to a traditional basic-skills class or drop-in study classroom.
Space is limited in the career and college-readiness class, and enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Additional career and college-readiness classes will be offered this fall and in the spring and summer of 2013.
To register for any of the three classes or for more information about upcoming career and college-readiness classes, contact Weston at 252-940-6322, Marion Porter at 252-940-6299 or Penelope Radcliffe at 252-940-6325.