No high school diploma? State Fair Community College can help
Like a lot of people, Joe thought dropping out of high school was a smart thing to do. There was money to be made in the work world, and who needed those stuffy, boring classes anyway?
“It was the biggest mistake of my life. Now that I have a few years under my belt, and I am raising a family, I see co-workers moving up in the world while I am stuck with jobs that take me nowhere. I know what I need to change things; I need my GED. No matter what else I want in life—a better job, a promotion or a college education, I need a GED,” Joe said.
We all want a better life for ourselves and our families. SFCC offers a full range of free Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) programs, including GED preparation, to help you improve your life and advance your career.
Earn your GED
A GED is accepted by all public and most private colleges and universities, as well as most employers. Getting a GED involves taking a series of tests designed to measure the skills equal to those represented by a high school diploma. The tests measure reading and writing, social studies, science, and mathematic skills.
Caring instructors to help
The AEL program carefully selects instructors for their ability to work with the adult learner. The curriculum ranges from basic-literacy level to 12th-grade level instruction in reading, writing, social studies, science, and math.
Programs designed just for you
Everyone is different and has different skills and abilities. AEL instructors will assess your current educational level and then design a program for you.
Programs are free
No fees are charged to attend SFCC’s adult literacy classes, which include GED preparation, English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship preparation. However, there is a fee to take the official GED© test.
GED test is changing in 2014
This year the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that it is changing the GED© test effective Jan. 2, 2014. This means that Sept. 1 is the deadline for first-time test takers applying to take the current exam, known as the 2002 Series GED© test. For those who have partially passed the test, the deadline to apply for retesting is Nov. 4.
“Anyone wanting to take the test in 2013 should apply as soon as possible so they can schedule a test to ensure a seat is available,” said Deb Williams, director of SFCC’s AEL programs.
“We want to be sure everyone is aware of this deadline,” said Williams. “We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED© test they still need to pass. The GED© test opens doors to college, better jobs and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential.”
Registration is easy and quick
Classes are held continually throughout the year with registration during various months. Call (660) 596-7289 or visit
www.sfccmo.edu/ael for information on class locations, schedules and registration information. Classes are held in 14 locations.
More than just the GED
State Fair Community College’s AEL programs also aid adults who need:
• English as a Second Language (ESL)
Acquire and/or improve your reading, writing, and speaking skills if your primary language is not English or your skills are below the level to function effectively in English.
• Exam Preparation
Increase your skills in math, reading and writing. Prepare for pre-employment, college entrance, military entrance or other pre-college level exams.
• Literacy and Basic Skills
Improve your reading, writing and math skills regardless of whether you do or do not have a high school credential.
• College Preparation
If a college degree is your ultimate goal, we will help you get on the right path.
• U.S. Citizenship Preparation
These classes are ideal for learning U.S. history and government structure in preparing for the test to become a naturalized citizen.
5 Benefits of a GED
1. Earn more money
2. Compete for good jobs and promotions
3. Take the next step to a college degree
4. Help your children succeed in school and life
5. Increase your confidence