Program Overview and FAQs

The mission of Academic & Career Readiness is to provide educational opportunities for adults 18 years or older who have not completed high school or who would like assistance with basic education skills. This includes competence in reading, writing, speaking, problem-solving, or mathematics at a level necessary to function in society, on a job, or in the family. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds who are out of school may enter only under special regulations. High school graduates who would like to enroll in refresher courses are welcome. All classes are FREE of charge, but advance registration is required.

Academic & Career Readiness programs include:

  • GED, HiSET & Adult High School
  • Adult Basic Education (including ABLE & Career College)
  • English as a Second Language (including citizenship classes)
  • Online & Distance Options
  • Placement Test Prep (BSP 2000)
  • Basic Skills Plus (tuition-free college credit pathways)

Academic & Career Readiness (Graham campus) hours of operation:

  • Monday – Thursday from 8 am – 8:30 pm
  • Friday from 8 am – 5 pm fall & spring semesters, 8 am – noon during the summer
  • Saturday (by appointment) from 8 am – 12 noon

Click here to see our semester dates and breaks, as they are not always the same as the rest of the college.

  1.  How do I get started?
  2. How much does the program cost?
  3. How long does it take to complete the program?
  4. What do I need to bring with me to orientation and to class?
  5. How do I determine which program is best for me?
  6. Need a transcript?
  7. Want to participate in our graduation ceremony?
  8. What’s next after I complete the program?
  9. Want to volunteer?
  10. What do I need to do to request accommodations?

 

1) How do I get started?

Before enrolling, students are required to make an appointment for an initial assessment and orientation so they may be placed in the appropriate program and level.

To enroll in GED, HiSET, Adult High School, or Placement Test Prep call (336) 506-4376 or email Assessment.Center@alamancecc.edu.

To enroll in ESL, call (336) 506-4380 or email james.brower@alamancecc.edu.

To enroll in ABLE classes, call (336) 506-4193 or email katherine.wilson@alamancecc.edu.

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2) How much does the program cost?

All Academic & Career Readiness classes are FREE!

There is, however, an official GED testing fee of $80.00  for the GED series of 4 tests and $50 for the HiSET series of 5 tests.  Scholarships for these test fees are available to qualified ACC students.  Click here to learn more about High School Equivalency Testing.

Qualified students enrolled in High School Equivalency or Adult High School can also take free college credit courses in selected pathways through our Basic Skills Plus program.

We offer free childcare at our off-campus ESL class locations.  Click here to learn more about ESL.

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3) How long does it take to complete the program?

Each person is different. Some factors that will determine how long it takes you to complete include: your current math and reading skill levels, how many high school credits you have earned, and how much time you have to devote to preparing.

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4) What do I need to bring with me to orientation and to class?

A government-issued photo ID is required. Also, a flash drive, notebook and pen or pencil is helpful.

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5) How do I determine which program is best for me?

Please read each program description. During orientation you will be given explanations and guidance to help you. Our assessments also act as a tool to determine the type of class you will be directed toward.

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6) Need a transcript?

If you have completed credits or graduated from our Adult High School program, you may request an official copy of your Adult High School transcript.  Our office is also currently providing official transcripts for those students who completed their GED or HiSET diplomas between 2002 – 2018.  Click here to download a copy of ACC’s AHS/HSE transcript request form. If you need an official copy of your GED transcript that was earned before 2002, click on this link to the North Carolina High School Equivalency state office in Raleigh: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/college-and-career-readiness/high-school-equivalency/high-school-equivalency-records.  Please note that AHS & HSE transcripts issued directly from ACC require 3-4 business days for processing; High School Equivalency transcripts from the state office may require 20-25 business days.

Questions about transcripts?  Please contact Julie Kearns (336) 506-4131 or julie.kearns@alamancecc.edu

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7) Want to participate in our graduation ceremony?

GED, HiSET, and Adult High School graduates are invited to march in our graduation ceremony each year.  This year’s graduation will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday June 8, 2018 at Elon University.  We will have a combined ceremony that will include GED, HiSET & AHS graduates as well as college curriculum graduates.  Graduation practice will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday June 7, 2018 at Elon University. There is a $25 graduation fee which covers your cap, gown, and diploma cover.

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8) What’s next after I complete the program?

ACC offers many opportunities to continue your education. Our graduates receive a certificate for one free class at ACC that is good for one calendar year. Students who are entering curriculum programs must first complete the FAFSA form before redeeming their certificate. We invite you to take our FREE Placement Test Prep (BSP 2000) class to help prepare you for the college placement test.

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9) Want to volunteer?

You could make a huge difference in the life of an adult student! We welcome volunteers as classroom assistants, tutors, and office assistants. For more information about how to get involved, contact Julie Spomer at (336) 506-4407 for ESL or Jennifer Mock at (336) 506-4308 for ABE and High School Equivalency or contact us through http://www.volunteeralamance.org/

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10) What do I need to do to request accommodations?

Accommodation Process

It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the accommodations request process.

For Official GED testing, students must visit http://ged.com to request accommodations.  Please read the directions carefully, and allow up to 60 days for your request to be processed.

For Official HiSET testing, students must visit http://hiset.ets.org/test_takers/ to request accommodations.    Please read the directions carefully, and allow up to 6 weeks  for your request to be processed.

ACC’s Office of Disability Services staff, as well as Julie Kearns, our Official Chief High School Equivalency Examiner, are available to help if you have questions or need assistance with the High School Equivalency testing accommodations request process.  Ms. Kearns can be reached at (336) 506-4131 or julie.kearns@alamancecc.edu.

Follow the steps below to request classroom accommodations at ACC.  You are encouraged to start the classroom accommodations process 30 days prior to the beginning of a class or program.  Listed below are the steps:

1. Complete the accommodation request form

2. Submit the request form to Disability Services

Upon receiving this form, in most instances we will request that you provide documentation from a professional licensed in the specialty area about the current functional limitations of your disability or medical condition, and how it imposes on you while enrolled at ACC.  This documentation will be held in confidence.

Contact Information

The Office of Disability Services is part of Student Development at Alamance Community College. The office is located on the first floor in the Wallace Gee building, Room 128.  Visit our Disability Services Moodle Site.

Monica Isbell, MSW

Coordinator of Special Needs & Counseling Services

333-506-4130    E-mail: monica.isbell@alamancecc.edu