April 16, 2008
Don't let not having a high school diploma be a stumbling block on the path to a career. Enroll now in free preparatory General Education Development (GED) classes that begin in May or June at the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College.

With almost all employers and American colleges and universities accepting the GED Test as equivalent to a high school diploma, HACC understands the importance of serving area residents as an Official GED Testing Center, says Dr. Lori Fair, dean, Adult Basic Education and Developmental Studies.

"The GED provides the pathway for lifelong learning," Fair says. "There are many reasons people take the GED tests, such as to enter post-secondary schools, vocational or training programs, for employment purposes or personal satisfaction."

She adds, "Often, the students who have prepared for their GED Tests through HACC continue their education in one of our associate degree programs or transfer to a college or university to complete a four-year degree."

Three days of orientation, which are required, and preparatory classes are offered in three GED tracks - ABE, GED prep and Fast Track. Additional classes are offered in math only and Spanish.

In May, orientation sessions are scheduled May 6-8 at two separate times - from 9 a.m.-noon in Blocker 113 or 6-9 p.m. in Whitaker 214. Classes start on May 19.

In June, orientation sessions are scheduled June 24-26 in Blocker 113, with students able to choose between sessions held from 9 a.m.-noon or 6-9 p.m. Classes start on July 7.

During orientation session, students are given a pre-test to determine their current knowledge level. The test is approximately two hours long, including time for paperwork. Attendance at the orientation sessions guarantees a student placement in one of the GED preparation classes.

More than 15 million people have successfully completed the GED since its inception during World War II as a way of helping veterans become eligible for postsecondary education without having to return to high school to earn a diploma.

To reserve a space for the GED orientation session and begin classes leading to the GED Test, call 780-2650 or 780-1117.

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