Thursday, July 25, 2013

Welcome the High School Equivalency and EL/Civics Staff to Vol State

Vol State high school equivalency staff in their new home at the college. Left to right: June Spears, instructor; Tammy Wade, paraprofessional; Debbie Thomson, paraprofessional; and Franklin Dee Johnson, supervisor.
The move has been completed and operations for Sumner County High School Equivalency (also known as GED prep) and the EL/Civics program are up and running at Vol State. The College manages the Sumner and Macon County Adult Education programs, formerly coordinated through the Sumner County and Macon County Boards of Education. The primary classes offered are high school equivalency courses, designed to get people ready to take the GED high school equivalency exam. Vol State also has English Literacy/Civics education (EL/Civics) courses for speakers of other languages. EL/Civics combines English language learning with information about the United States government and American society. The college took on the programs to serve the community and provide a direct pathway for education.

“There are about 22 thousand people in Sumner and Macon counties who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency,” said Adult Education Supervisor, Franklin Dee Johnson. “They need one to be successful in the working world. The job market is extremely limited for people without a high school diploma.”

The High School Equivalency and EL Civics programs are free. Currently EL/Civics is only available in Sumner County. The Macon County location is up and running, as well, and has Lafayette resident June Spears as instructor. Assistant vice president for Continuing Education, Hilary Marabeti, says the college plans to grow the Sumner and Macon county programs to include a clear path to college.

“We’re bringing the services of the college into the classrooms,” Marabeti said. “We want to get the high school equivalency and EL/Civics students ready for college and ready for the workplace. We will bring that information and show those opportunities to the students.”

Classes are offered during the day and in the evening at various times in both Sumner and Macon Counties. The Sumner offices are located on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin in the Warf Building Room 126. The phone number is 230-3621. Macon County classes are held at the Adult Education Center, located behind the Macon County Schools offices at 501 College Street in Lafayette.  The phone number for the Macon County Center is 615-666-2125.

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