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Literacy Education classes offer adults an opportunity to improve their proficiency of basic skills, complete their high school diploma, or complete their HSE.

Basic Skills classes are designed to meet the needs of adult learners 18 years of age or older. Potential students who are 16 or 17 years old will need to first attend an Information Session for Minors as part of an application process prior to admission into any of the Literacy Education classes. Click here for more information on the Minor Sessions or email Basic Skills DEpartment at baskills@vgcc.edu.

Basic Skills now offers a class for nonreaders and/or new readers! The class is designed to help adults who are new to the world of reading or for whom reading has always been a difficult struggle. This nontraditional classroom setting greatly helps students progress in the reading process. For more information, email BAsic Skills DEpartment at baskills@vgcc.edu.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are offered to prepare students for the reading, writing and math requirements of today’s technological world. Students work with instructors to improve in areas the student, instructor and tests indicate are areas of limited proficiency. In VGCC’s ABE classes, students learn the basic skills needed in order to enroll in either the Adult High School Diploma Program or the HSE Program.

High School Equivalency (HSE) classes help adults earn the equivalent of a high school diploma by preparing them for a four-part certification test. The HSE test measures a student’s proficiency in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math.

The Adult High School Diploma Program is currently offered during the day at VGCC’s four campuses. The curriculum was developed by the North Carolina Community College System and is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The curriculum reflects the subject content and testing requirements set by the Department of Public Instruction. Classes are free. In order to qualify for admission, a student must be 18 years of age, and demonstrate reading proficiency on at least a beginning high school level and should need less than 6 credits to complete high school. For more information email BAsic Skills DEpartment at baskills@vgcc.edu.

Literacy Online Programs include Adult High School and HSE (High School Equivalency Programs). The objective of Literacy Online is to provide educational opportunities primarily for adults 18 years or older and for certain other persons who have, by the necessities of life, taken on various adult responsibilities. The program addresses the needs of these persons who lack sufficient mastery of basic skills to enable them to function as effectively as possible in society. Literacy Online expands the opportunities for earning a HSE or completing your AHD of potential students to address these skill issues outside of a traditional classroom environment through the use of the Internet and computer technology. Literacy Online is offered on a semester basis, utilizing curriculum aligned with the requirements of the State of North Carolina and is FREE to any resident of North Carolina who does not have a high school diploma. For more information, contact VGCC by email at baskills@vgcc.edu or call (252) 738-3212.

Basic Skills Plus 

Basic Skills Plus allows students seeking a high school diploma or equivalent to co-enroll in occupational training and employability skills within identified career pathways.  Students who participate in Basic Skills Plus have the opportunity to complete a high school diploma or recognized equivalent and an occupational certificate.

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If you are interested in a Literacy Education course for obtaining your HSE or high school diploma, or for improving your basic skills through online learning, contact VGCC by e-mail at baskils@vgcc.edu or call (252) 738-3212, for more information.

Are you an HSE graduate?  If you need an official copy of your transcript for schooling or employment, visit http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/college-and-career-readiness/high-school-equivalency