The Adult Opportunity Center (AOC) provides Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) classes on each campus and at several off-campus locations. The program is offered FREE to any individual who is at least 16* years of age. All books and materials are provided and no fees are charged for instruction.
Morning, afternoon and evening classes are scheduled with fully qualified instructors present at each site. A variety of services are offered including:
- Adult literacy
- College refresher/readiness courses
- GED preparation including practice testing (only offered at the GED Testing Center)
- Nursing program preparation
- Reading, writing and math improvement
- Workforce education
The ABLE program offers services for improving the basic skills of reading, writing and math. Parents will enroll to be better equipped at helping their children with homework. Other adults enroll just for self-improvement. Enrollment is open to any adult who has a deficiency in any of these areas.
Following assessment, students work with the ABLE staff to establish an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) to assist in defining goals and developing activities. ILPs are designed to assist you in meeting your own educational or career objectives.
*Because compulsory school attendance is to the age of 18 in the state of Ohio, additional requirements are in place for those who are under the age of 19. Please Contact us for information.
For college or college-bound students who need extra assistance in math or English, the Adult Opportunity Center offers college readiness classes. The classes, which meet twice a week for one semester, are free and the materials are furnished. Since no tuition or fees are required, financial aid can be reserved for college-level classes.
The classes are designed specifically to help students prepare for college. Students may enter prior to college enrollment or as they are taking college classes. Students cannot be enrolled in college level and AOC college readiness courses in the same subject area at the same time. Enrollment is limited to students who have a high school diploma/GED yet need a refresher before registering for college math or English. Class size is limited allowing for ample opportunity for individualized instruction.
Contact the Adult Opportunity Center for more information or to enroll!
GED to Change January 2014 — price will increase, will become computer-based (not online), format will change so scores will not be "brought forward", testers who failed the test since 2002 need to retest to retain scores
GED Official Practice Test
Taking the Official GED Practice Test (OPT) before taking the official GED is highly recommended. The practice test is a free service and is available to anyone, but registration is required. Southern State’s Adult Opportunity Center records show that over 95% of the GED testers who met the requirements of the Official Practice Test passed the GED on their first attempt.
Official GED Testing is located on Southern State’s Central Campus. Testing is offered about once each month to those who have been approved by the State GED Office. Pre-approval is required.
Advanced registration is required and seats are limited. The testing fee is $40 and payment can be made via business check, money order or credit card to the State GED Office.
Contact the Adult Opportunity Center for more information or to register!
Many testers have been fooled by false GED tests and have paid hundreds of dollars for a worthless piece of paper. They are devastated when they go to apply for a job or enroll in college and learn that the document they have is not valid. Below is some crucial information regarding GED Fraud.
- In Ohio, the test currently costs $40 for the full battery.
- The Official GED test is not available online.
- You do apply to take the test online, but the test is currently paper/pen/pencil.
- The GED test must be taken in-person at an Official GED Testing Center.
Adult Basic and Literacy Education classes are available on every campus and are also scheduled at various off-campus sites. Contact the Adult Opportunity Center for more information.
An annual ABLE/GED Recognition, sponsored by area businesses, organizations and individuals, is held the third Thursday in June. The evening is a way of recognizing students who have received their GED or achieved other significant goals.
The GED Trustees Honors Scholarships are awarded during the ceremony. The time is also used to honor those in the community who have been especially supportive of the ABLE program. All students are invited to attend. Family, friends and members of the community are encouraged to participate.
Orientation is the first step for all enrolling students. Pre-registration is required. The process includes registration, assessment, development of student goals and information about the program.
For additional information or pre-registration for any of the sites, please complete and submit this form and we will get back with you as soon as we can!