It’s not too late to earn a General Educational Development (GED) credential this year.

The Blount County Adult Education Program will sponsor intensive June classes for adults, 18 years and older, who want to complete their GED tests as soon as possible. Potential participants should call the Adult Education office at 865-982-8998 to register and schedule an orientation.

No cost to students

Both morning and evening programs will be available. All classes and study materials are provided at no cost to students.

“We especially want to encourage those who have already passed part of the GED test and just need to brush up on their math or writing skills to complete the GED,” said Carol Ergenbright, BCAEP coordinator. “It is important to complete all partial tests before the GED test changes in January 2014. Partial scores will not carry over to the new GED test. It would be very disappointing if those who are so close to finishing the GED did not complete the full test in time.”

BCAEP’s June program is a “great opportunity to polish up their skill and finish quickly,” Ergenbright said. Classes will be held four mornings each week, Monday through Thursday, ending on June 20. The evening program will be held 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

A GED test will be administered June 18-20 at Everett Learning Opportunity Center. Anyone who has completed the process and prepared to take the test can take the test.

Distance option

A new distance learning option is also available for people who cannot attend classes on a regular basis due to work schedule, child care, or transportation problems. The option, which is funded by a Dollar General grant, will provide potential candidates who enroll in the program with the resources to study at home for the GED test.

To participate in the distance learning program, potential students must first call the Adult Education program and schedule an orientation and initial assessment. During orientation, they will receive study materials and an individual plan based on their academic needs. All study materials are free to registered participants.

Successful distance learning candidates should be good readers who are self-motivated and willing to devote several hours each week to home study. Access to the Internet is an advantage but it’s not required for participation.

Dates for the distance learning orientation are:

• 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Friday;

• 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday;

• 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. June 7.

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