Adult Education Services & Courses

Services & Courses

The GED test is the only nationally-recognized high school equivalency test. More than 18 million people have passed the test, and it’s been instrumental in changing lives. Notable graduates include state governors, members of Congress, college presidents and community leaders.

The GED has four test subjects, including Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. You can learn more about the four subjects here

The GED is made up of the following types of questions:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Drag and drop
  • Hot spot (select an area)
  • Fill in the blank
  • Short answer
  • Extended response
     

 

Gadsden State’s Adult Education Services can assist individuals with earning the Non-traditional High School Diploma Option (HSDO). Through a partnership with the Alabama Community College System and the Alabama State Department of Education, there are two HSDO program options:

Option 1 – An adult who attended an Alabama high school and earned enough credits to graduate but did not pass the high school graduation exam

Option 2 – An adult who earned 10 or more credits from an Alabama high school and requires additional credits for high school completion

The HSDO process starts with the student requesting a Transcript Audit form be send from the local high school last attended to the Gadsden State Adult Services Program. Sending electronically is the preferred method of receipt but it can also be hand-delivered if the form is in a sealed envelope and contains the official school seal. The form must have the signature of the school’s counselor or principal/administrator. Download the form here

Upon completion of the HSDO program, the student will receive their high school diploma from the last Alabama high school they attended. To enroll in the HSDO program, the individual must meet all eligibility requirements.

For more information, call 256-549-8698 or 256-832-1235.

Adult Education Services isn’t just about preparing students for the GED or HSDO. The department also assists them with identifying satisfying career fields that match their personality, work style and abilities while taking into consideration the personal responsibilities of each student. Adult Education Services has partnered with Gadsden State’s Skills Training Division to provide students with Career Pathways. Students may enroll in a career pathway while working on their high school credential or after they attain it.

The Skills Training Division provides short-term, non-credit, competency-based training programs that are measured by contact hours rather than semester hours. Students may register for classes at any time through the year and may continue until the appropriate skills have been attained. Students who complete training programs within the division will be awarded a certificate of completion. 

Career Pathways also provides credit-bearing degrees and certificates to students who complete their programs of study. Many of the Career Pathways programs are eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. These courses are based on semester hours. The College has specific registration dates offered only a few times throughout the year for students to register and begin their selected pathway. Registration dates can be found on the college calendar.

Program Name Tuition Program Length Available Scholarships
Advanced Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy - Skills Training - Employment & Training Program Completers $2,300.00 9 weeks Yes
Air Conditioning/Refrig Certificate (Skills Training) - Employment & Training Program Completers  $3,528.00 28 weeks  Yes
Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Certificate - Certificates < 2yrs.  $7,360.00 60 weeks Yes
Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Degree - Associate's Degree  $12,160.00 75 weeks Yes
Automotive Service Technology Certificate - Certificates < 2yrs.  $9,600.00 60 weeks Yes
Carpentry (Advanced) Short Certificate - Certificates < 2yrs.  $4,000.00 30 weeks Yes
Carpentry (Basic) Short Certificate - Postsec. Awards/Cert./Diplomas; <1 yr.  $4,000.00 30 weeks Yes
Civil Engineering Technology Degree - Associate's Degree  $12,160.00 75 weeks Yes
Computer Science- Network Administration - Associate's Degree  $11,520.00 75 weeks Yes
Computer Science Technology Degree - Associate's Degree  $11,680.00  75 weeks Yes

Electrical Technology Degree - Associate's Degree 

$12,160.00  75 weeks Yes
Electronic Engineering Tech - General Option Degree - Associate's Degree  $12,160.00 75 weeks Yes
Industrial Automation Technology AAS - Associate's Degree  $12,160.00 75 weeks Yes
LPN Certificate - Postsec. Awards/Cert./Diplomas; 2-4 yrs.  $10,060.00 60 weeks Yes
Mechanical Design Technology Degree - Associate's Degree  $11,200.00 75 weeks Yes

Medical Lab Technician Degree - Associate's Degree 

$15,330.00 75 weeks  Yes
Medical Records Clerk (Skills Training) Certificate - Employment & Training Program Completers  $3,528.00 26 weeks  Yes
Office Administration - Health Information Technology Management - Associate's Degree $11,502.00 75 weeks Yes

Office Administration - Medical - Associate's Degree 

$11,235.00 75 weeks Yes

Precision Machining Degree - Associate's Degree 

$11,680.00 75 weeks Yes

Radiologic Technology Degree - Associate's Degree 

$12,380.00 75 weeks Yes

Registered Nursing AAS - Associate's Degree 

$14,515.00 75 weeks Yes
Truck Driver Training (Skills Training) - Employment & Training Program Completers  $3,500.00 6 weeks Yes
Welding (Skills Training) Certificate - Employment & Training Program Completers $3,538.00 26 weeks Yes

Welding Technology Certificate - Certificates < 2yrs. 

$9,280.00 60 weeks  Yes
Welding Technology Short Certificate - Certificates < 2yrs.  $4,480.00 45 weeks Yes

*All of the programs listed are eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA).

English Literacy Acquisition (formerly known as English as a Second Language) classes are offered at Gadsden State at no cost. The classes will:

  • Help students gain a functional command of English by focusing on vocabulary and sentence structure to improve reading, speaking and listening comprehension
  • Help students improve English language skills needed in the workplace
  • Assist students in preparing for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and/or the general education development test
  • Prepare student to enter college.

Classes are provided in a comfortable atmosphere where students are encouraged to expand their knowledge. ELA courses are offered at convenient times at two locations:

*Registration includes completing enrollment paperwork and initial testing. Please plan to stay from 3 to 4.5 hours on the day of registration.