Chester County Adult Education
The mission of the Chester County Adult Education Program is to provide a tailored academic and skills-based curriculum empowering adult learners to reach personal goals through education while becoming competitive, responsible, and employable citizens in the local and global workforce.
The Chester County Adult Education Program is committed to providing leadership, services, and educational opportunities through a variety of programs; thus assisting adults in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their personal education goals.
Chester County Adult Education offers the citizens of Chester County Workplace preparation and a second chance to get their high school credential. The Adult Education facility is located next to the Chester County Career Center. The following programs are offered: HSED preparation for GED, High School diploma, and WIN Career Readiness Testing.
Chester County Adult Education has developed partnerships with local organizations. Among these are the following: Chester County Government, Chester Chamber of Commerce, Chester County Detention Center, Chester County Department of Juvenile Justice, Chester County Library, Catawba Regional Council of Governments, South Carolina One-Stop Employment Security Office, Equus Works WIOA, South Carolina DEW, Chester County DSS, and York Technical College, to name a few.
Morning Classes Monday- Thursday 9 am - 12:00 pm
Evening Classes Mon - Tues from 5 - 8 pm
Reading Readiness Tues - Wed from 5 - 8 pm
Chester County Detention Center: Due to COVID 19, Chester County Detention Center classes are postponed.
Great Falls Program: (held at Great Falls High Complex) Mon - Tues from 5 - 8 pm
Lewisville Program: (held at Lewisville High School) Mon - Tues from 5 - 8 pm
WIN Career Readiness Public Testing: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm: Tuesday and Thursday at the Chester Center, 1324C JA Cochran Bypass, Chester
Ascryonous online instruction is also offered.
The Career Readiness Track is designed exclusively for individuals who desire to enhance their marketabiliy. The Career Readiness Program includes a course in preparation to receive a WIN certificate. Participating students are required to complete at least 30 hours of instructional time and complete a pre and post TABE assessment.
A Career Readiness Assessment (WIN) is required to earn a national career readiness certificate. It measures the participant's ability to (a) read for information, (b) locate information and (c) use applied math skills.
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMA
The test that is available in the state of SC whereby one might obtain his or her HSED is the GED. You can the GED in SC if you:
- Are at least 18 years old
- Are 16 or 17 years old and have received approval from school and state officials
- Have a valid state issued ID
- Are not enrolled in high school
The Pre-High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) track is designed for students in the beginning phases of working toward the HSED. These students typically receive intensive academic remediation in math, reading, writing, social studies and science. Students are required to meet 40 or more instructional hours in the Pre-HSED component of Adult Ed.
- HSED TRACK
The HSED track is designed for students working toward the HSED Examination. These students receive intensive academic remediation in math, reading, writing, social studies and science in preparation for the four-part GED exam or five-part TASC exam. Studens are required to meet 40 or more instructional hours in the HSED component of Adult Ed, unless they pre-TABE at the Low Adult Secondary level and then 30 hours of instruction is required for a post-TABE.
- ACCELERATED HSED TRACK
This track is designed for self-motivated students who are able to work at a rapid pace toward the GED or TASC examination and score 11.0 or higher on all TABE tests at a D or A level. Once HSED students make academic gains as evidenced via TABE testing, students are encouraged to take the GEDReady or TASC Practice Exam, which indicates the potential level of readiness for the exam they choose to take.
Why Should One Take the GED Test?
If you did not finish high school, passing the GED could be your first step to a better future.
The GED Test is a comprehensive test that evaluates one's ability to read, write and compute. The GED Test includes Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics. In order to pass the exam, the student must make a total score of 145 out of 200 possible points on each of the four sections.
Take the GED test if you want to:
- Go to college
- Go to career or vocational training
- Get a better job
- Have a career doing something you love
- Make more money
- Make your family proud
HSED Practice Test measures an individual's readiness for the four official GED Tests:
- Reasoning Through the Language Arts
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Social Studies
HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
For a South Carolina High School diploma, students are required to pass 24 units of coursework that meet a set of state-approved graduation requirements. Students entering the diploma program through Chester Adult Ed must have a minimum of 21 high school units that would apply towards a diploma as well as be fully unenrolled in any public school.
The following courses require an End-of-Course Assessment to receive course credit:
- Algebra I
- English 2
- Biology I
- US History and Constitution
Dr. Carmen Brittain, Director
1324C J.A. Cochran Bypass
Chester, SC 29706
Mrs. Karla Pope, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Karen Kerr, Testing Administrator and Coordinator
Mrs. Carol Germain, College and Career Navigator
Mrs. Donna Hill, HSED Instructor
Mrs. Nellie Hemphill, Pre HSED Instructor
Ms. Elizabeth Logan, Great Falls Instructor
Mrs. Merrick Owen, Lewisville Instructor
Mrs. Lucille Worthy-Allen, Chester Evening Instructor
Dr. Lisa Taylor, Reading Tutor
Ms. Linda Wylie, Math Tutor