Adult Education Services are offered at no cost to qualified students through Adult Education classes in Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne and Etowah counties. Adult Education classes serve the educational needs of those who are at least 17 years old, have no high school diploma or test at or below 12.9-grade level, and are not currently enrolled in public school. In addition to Adult Education classes, English Language Acquisition, college preparation and workplace education are offered through this program.
Adult Education instruction is offered online to those who qualify. The program’s main objectives are to motivate students to complete high school and advance into postsecondary education and/or gainful employment. Advantages for students’ enrolling in Adult Education classes:
- Personal pride in educational accomplishment
- Free WorkKeys exam – National Career Readiness Certification
- Digital Literacy Certification
- Financial Literacy Certification
- Employability skills
- Participation in the Fall or Spring Adult Education graduation
- Opportunities for scholarships to Gadsden State
- Free tuition for one college-level course at any two-year college in the state of Alabama
Career Pathways, also offered through Adult Education, is designed to help Adult Education students obtain both their high school equivalency (GED or non-traditional high school diploma) and employment through linking academic preparation classes with occupational training. Once students obtain their high school equivalency and occupational training, they receive assistance with resume preparation and job interview skills to aid them in their search for employment. All training programs approved through the Workforce Investment Opportunities Act (WIOA) are offered through the Career Pathways program.
For more information on Adult Education classes, call 256.439.6957.
Adult Education students are not eligible for federal financial aid.