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SCC announces high school equivalency orientation dates

Staff Report

May 14, 2014

DOBSON — Surry Community College has announced orientation dates for the High School Equivalency program (HSE), formerly known as Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED).


The HSE program allows students to earn a High School Equivalency diploma from the State Board of the North Carolina Community College System. The orientation dates are May 19-20 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; May 21-22 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. and May 19-20 from 6 to 9 p.m.


The orientations will be held concurrently at The Elkin Center, Jones Family Resource Center, The Pilot Center, The Yadkin Center and Surry Community College’s campus in Dobson.


According to college officials, orientation is mandatory for new Adult Basic Education/HSE students and students returning after six months. Students need to attend the same time slot each day and evening session. A student release form is required for all students 16 or 17 years old. Interested persons may contact one of the following learning centers to pre-register for orientation: Dobson campus (336) 386-3455; Yadkin Center (336) 679-4600, ext. 3594; Jones Family Resource Center (336) 786-1071; Elkin Center (336) 386-3604; and Pilot Center (336) 386-3618.


The 2014 HSE test is computer based only, but paper testing is available as an accommodation. The test will have four content areas: Reasoning through Language Arts (150 minutes), Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes), Science (90 minutes) and Social Studies (90 minutes). Scores do not carry over for students that have not completed the series of tests from 2002. The test is offered in English and Spanish.


Students will have three opportunities to test per year, per content area. The cost to students is $20 per test for a total of $80 for the entire series. Retesting costs $10 per test. Upon attaining minimum standard scores of 150 on each of the four tests and a total of 600, a High School Equivalency diploma is awarded to the student by the North Carolina State Board of the Community College System. Books, materials and instruction are provided free of charge.


Students can prepare for the HSE test in the comfort of their own homes or anywhere they have Internet access. If participants complete the two-day orientation for HSE, they will be considered as a candidate for the HSE Online class. Participants must attend a one-hour HSE online orientation session at one of SCC’s learning centers. A minimum of 20 hours a month, (five hours a week) is all that is required of each student.


Interested persons may obtain more information by contacting Jennifer Pardue at (336) 386-3674.