What is the Adult Learning Center?
The Adult Learning Center provides comprehensive educational services for students over the age of 18 years. The Adult Learning Center offers educational opportunities for adults seeking to enhance their lives through personal growth, job enrichment and career advancement. Programs are designed to reach the needs of the high school dropout, the displaced worker and the non-English speaking adult. Classes are offered in Adult Basic Education/Pre-GED®, General Educational Development (GED®), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Community Education and Career Training.
What courses and services are offered at the Adult Learning Center?
- Adult Basic Education/Pre-GED® and GED® classes
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Community Education and Career Training Programs
Who can attend the Adult Learning Center?
Classes are offered for adults 18 years of age and older who are not currently enrolled in a public or private school leading to a diploma or certificate. Under the Individual Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP), and with special referrals, 16 and 17 year olds may be admitted to the Basic Skills/Pre-GED® or GED® classes.
Adult Basic Education/Pre-GED® and GED®
Classes are for adults who are performing below 10th grade ability in reading, mathematics and English, or for those adults who want to improve these skills. Potential students' ability in these areas is assessed using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). After assessment, students are eligible for placement in one of four instructional levels. Students pay a materials fee, and any students who do not live in Virginia Beach are charged monthly tuition. Classes are available during the day and evening and are open-entry and open-exit, allowing students to proceed through the four instructional levels at their own pace. GED® classes are available for those individuals who, upon assessment using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), are performing at or above 9th grade ability in mathematics and 10th grade ability in reading and English. The GED® course covers the subject areas measured on the GED® test. The 2014 GED® test is a four-part test administered by states and jurisdictions to measure the skills and knowledge similar to a high school course of study. Virginia charges $30 per module for the GED® test. GED® graduates earn a GED® credential. The Adult Learning Center is an authorized PearsonVUE testing center. Visit www.GED.com for additional resource information, scheduling and paying for the computer-based exam.
English for Speakers of Other Languages
This program is designed to help non-English speaking adults read, write, speak and improve their understanding of English. An interview is given to place students in one of five instructional levels. Students are charged a $15 - $50 textbook fee. All students must provide identification in the form of a passport, resident alien card or valid driver's license. Students with a non-immigrant visa are charged tuition. All students who do not live in Virginia Beach are charged tuition. Classes are available during both the day and evening.
Community Education classes
Community Education classes, which carry a tuition fee, are offered during both day and evening. Classes are offered in response to community interest and input. Community Education classes are constantly updated and new classes are developed each semester.
The Career Training Certificate Program offers classes that prepare students with skills to begin a career, to advance in a current position or to promote professional growth. Courses are offered on a pay-as-you-go basis.
An 18-month Licensed Practical Nursing Program is offered through the Adult Learning Center and the School of Practical Nursing and is housed at the Technical and Career Education Center.
What special opportunities are available at the Adult Learning Center?
Each year a student from the Adult Learning Center is awarded a $1000 scholarship to attend Tidewater Community College funded through the Thalia Lion’s Club. Counselors from the Educational Opportunity Center, Opportunity Inc., and other community resources regularly visit to inform students about services available. The center sponsors an annual GED® Recognition Ceremony for students who have attended the GED® preparatory class and earned a GED® certificate that calendar year. Students wishing to attend the Adult Learning Center for basic skills classes may choose to attend these classes at Larkspur Middle School or the Adult Learning Center.
Is transportation provided to the Adult Learning Center?
No, transportation is not provided, but the Adult Learning Center is conveniently located on Virginia Beach Boulevard and easily accessible by public transportation.
Whom can I contact for additional information about the Adult Learning Center?
Director: Paul Palombo
5100 Cleveland St.
Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23462
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
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