Orientation sessions set for classes that begin in March 2009
Feb. 26, 2009
HARRISBURG – Times are tough for most all Central Pennsylvania residents these days, but those without a high school diploma face even more challenges.
 At the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, residents who want to do better for themselves can get answers this spring 2009 through the Adult Basic Education and Developmental Studies division, with many programs offered at no cost.
HACC offers free GED (General Education Development) preparatory classes, as well as a new success class that helps participants to develop additional skills such as financial literacy, how to write a resume and do a job search, test-taking strategies and using social service resources.
  “We started the GED Success sessions spring 2009 for students enrolled in the GED classes and the response was excellent,” says Dr. Lori Fair, dean, Adult Basic Education and Developmental Studies.  
Up to 85 percent of the GED students enrolled in the January 2009 classes also attended the success classes. In some cases, students were unable to attend and asked for makeup sessions, Fair notes.
Enroll now in free preparatory GED classes that begin in March 2009. 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, language only which focus more intensely on writing skills, and Spanish GED.
Orientation sessions are scheduled March 10-12, 2009, with students able to choose between sessions held from 9 a.m.-noon in Blocker 113 or 6-9 p.m. in Whitaker 214 on HACC's Harrisburg Campus. Classes start on March 23, 2009.
During orientation, students are given a pre-test to determine their current knowledge level. Attendance at the orientation sessions is mandatory and guarantees a student placement in one of the GED preparation classes.
“The GED provides the pathway for lifelong learning,” says Fair. “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.”
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, Fair says.
“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,” she adds.
To reserve a space for the GED orientation session and begin classes leading to the GED Test, call 780-2650 or 780-1117. For more information on HACC’s GED Preparation Program, go to www.hacc.edu.
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