HSE students succeed with new test
Haywood Community College’s College and Career Readiness Department is experiencing student success with the implementation of the new High School Equivalency (formerly GED) test, which went into effect in January 2014. The department planned ahead to make the transition achievable for students and worked to remove barriers that students may encounter.
"The testers have been very positive about the test," said Rachel Clark, HCC chief GED examiner. "While the test is different, it is very doable. Students are testing, passing, and continuing on into the workplace or other college programs."
In addition, the college has arranged for financial assistance for those in need through the HCC Foundation.
"The cost of the test should not deter anyone from pursuing and reaching the goal of a HSE diploma," said Patricia Smith, coordinator of HCC’s College and Career Readiness program.
Instructors at HCC have been preparing for several months to teach students who will take the new test. Classes have been redesigned for the specific subjects covered in the test. Day classes are available in each of the subject areas.
"We offer very flexible scheduling to accommodate our testers’ needs," said Clark. "Our center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended evening hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays."
The department has purchased new books and other classroom materials to aid the students in being successful. As always, HSE classes, books, and other materials are free to the students.
"I want students to know that the College and Career Readiness Department is fully staffed and equipped to prepare students for the test," said Dr. Buddy Tignor, vice president of academics. "I also want each of the students to know that HCC has many programs available after the GED. We have established a transition process just for these students. Our goal is for each College and Career Readiness student to be successful at HCC and in the workplace."
Call 627-4648 to schedule an orientation and learn more about completing earning High School Equivalency Diploma. For more information about the new High School Equivalency test, call 627-4700.