Tasha Tuck studies during GED preparation classes at the Alexander City Career Center Tuesday. The Adult Learning Center and the career center are offering free GED prep classes throughout the year. | Robert Hudson
Tasha Tuck studies during GED preparation classes at the Alexander City Career Center Tuesday. The Adult Learning Center and the career center are offering free GED prep classes throughout the year. | Robert Hudson

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Career, learning centers offering free GED prep

Published 7:46pm Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Alexander City Career Center and the Adult Learning Center are providing the opportunity for many to continue their education.

The career center is offering free GED preparation classes for ages 17 and up.

Instructor Melanie Veazey said the courses are completely free, and students only need to take a placement test and provide other information.

“We don’t take any tuition or fees of any kind,” Veazey said. “We have classes that meet at various times.”

Classes in Alexander City are provided Monday through Thursday from 8-11:30 a.m. at the Alexander City Career Center behind Radney Funeral Home.

Classes are also offered Monday through Thursday from 5-8 p.m., and from 1-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Veazey said those interested in taking the prep courses would first need their Social Security card, and a picture ID is requested, but not required.

“We take in students on a regular basis monthly. The process of getting in the class is going through placement testing,” Veazey said. “This test session is free. We do it at the Adult Learning Center.”

Veazey added that those who are 17 years old need to bring a paper from their school showing that they have withdrawn. For those who were home schooled, bring a notarized letter from the parent.

Placement testing is offered Mondays from 5-9 p.m. and Friday mornings at 8 a.m. to noon, except holidays and college closing days.

“We don’t take appointments for placement tests – we just take walk-ins up until we reach a certain number,” Veazey said. “They’re given a reading, math and language test. It takes anywhere from three and a half to four hours to get it done. Then they indicate on their form what prep class they want to be to be in, and what time.”

After the placement test, students are assigned a teacher, who will call them with a class start date.

New this year for the GED exam is registering for and taking the test online, and the test can be taken in for parts for $30 each.

“These classes are open-ended. They’re not based on semester or quarter or anything. They can stay in the class as long as it takes them to prep for the GED test,” Veazey said. “One good thing about the new GED test is they can take it in parts now. It used to be five subjects at once. Now, you get ready for one subject at a time, which will also break up the cost of the test.”

Veazey added they try to place students within two weeks of their placement test.

Veazey said the GED exam itself is given on the CACC campus, and the campus is currently in transition to a new version of the test.

“We’re in transition from the old version to the new version. We are still waiting to hear from the GED test examiner of what the schedule will be for 2014,” Veazey said. “They’re still doing training and preparation to get the website ready because new it’s going on the computer. It’s not a test booklet anymore.”

Veazey said because of that transition there will be no GED testing at CACC in January, and they are hoping to get it going in February.

The registration process is to be announced, but students can go to the website GEDtestingservice.com for more information about 2014 GED test.

“It’s just good to come to class to be prepared for what to expect on the exam, learn how to use the calculator and get familiar with computer skills,” Veazey said. “They’re going to have to know how to type and have keyboarding skills because you will have to type in answers.”

For more information, contact the career center at 256-215-4499 or the Adult Learning Center at 256-215-4286.

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