NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR GAEC STUDENTS
adapted from Fall 2016 Grenada Adult Education Center Student Handbook
Earn Credentials (Certificates): There are opportunities for Grenada Adult Education Center (GAEC) students to build a personal portfolio for work/career and college.They have the following opportunities to earn credentials while actively attending classes at the GAEC.
National Career Readiness Certificate – (CRC) – The CRC is a national industry portable credential signed by the Mississippi Governor that confirms to employers that potential employees have the basic workplace skills and abilities that all 21st century jobs require. To earn a CRC, individuals are assessed in three areas through the WorkKeys® employability skills assessment system. As a result of the assessments, individuals earn a career readiness certificate or areas are identified in which they need further instruction. The three areas are (1) Reading for Information, (2) Applied Mathematics, and (3) Locating Information. In Mississippi, individuals have the opportunity to earn one of four levels of Career Readiness Certification (Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum). To qualify for additional workforce training assistance and for employment in manufacturing, most programs and employers require achievement results at the Silver level or higher. All Grenada ABE students will have the opportunity to take this assessment during our registration process at no cost to adult education students. More info is available at http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workforce-solutions/act-national-career-readiness-certificate.html.
Smart Start Certificate – This certificate will be awarded by the State of Mississippi and signed by representatives from the Mississippi Community College Board and the State Workforce Investment Board. GAEC students will be required to take the Smart Start class and complete the coursework. There will be an exit exam before the certificate is awarded. The Smart Start Pathway Course is a 60-hour, multi-module course that provides essential skills training and knowledge that will enable the participant to interact effectively with others and enhance his/her career prospects. The knowledge gained will help the participant obtain a job and also to hold a job. The Smart Start content is broadly applicable across careers and job titles. The course covers topics relevant in today’s workplace; for example, how to communicate effectively, how to dress for success, how to manage time, comply with attendance policies, and the role of an employee. The course consists of lectures and hands-on exercises to reinforce the concepts and skills. Students will participate in group activities and guided reviews. Smart Start is designed for participant discovery and self-review. However, the facilitator may evaluate the student’s participation and group interaction to make recommendations to the participant’s case manager regarding engagement, knowledge, and retention of concepts. This course is provided at no cost to GAEC adult education students.
Northstar Basic Computer Skills Certificate - Northstar Digital Literacy Certificates can be earned by individuals who receive a score of at least 85% on a proctored Northstar assessment completed at a sponsor site. Those successfully completing multiple assessment modules have the option of generating certificates for each module passed, or receiving a summary certificate listing all modules passed. The Grenada Adult Education Center is a sponsor site. Individual certificates in the following areas will be awarded after completing an assessment with 85% accuracy: Basic Computer, World Wide Web, Windows 7, Mac OS X, Using Email, Microsoft Word, Social Media, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Information Literacy. There will be no cost to GAEC adult education students to earn this certificate.
Computer Fundamentals Certificate (from Holmes Community College) – This certificate is awarded by Holmes Community College Grenada after completion of a 21-hour course. The class will meet on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until noon for seven weeks. The class will also be available one afternoon per week (TBA). The requirements for this class is as follows: Age 18 or older, TABE Reading Score of 6.0 or higher on the D or A level test. There is no cost to GAEC students.
Mississippi High School Equivalency Diploma – To receive a Mississippi High School Equivalency Diploma an individual must pass all parts of an approved High School Equivalency (HSE) test. The State of Mississippi now has three approved HSE tests. Please see the following page for the multiple pathways to the Mississippi High School Equivalency Diploma. Each test has its own pricing, pass scores, and subject areas. Each test has its own website for student accounts. A person must pass all parts of one of the HSE tests to be awarded a Mississippi High School Equivalency Diploma. Students usually must pay for testing fees.
The Grenada Adult Education Center has a HSE testing fee scholarship program. The Youth Program and the MiBest Program provide testing fees for their participants once they qualify. GAEC students who are interested in applying for a scholarship to pay for testing fees need to complete an application. GAEC instructors will let their students know when their TABE or official practice test scores indicate their readiness to take a module of an HSE test.
All legitimate HSE tests are taken in person at an approved testing site although testing is scheduled through online accounts. All instructions for taking the GED® test at our location are still current (http://grenadaliteracy.blogspot.com/p/grenada-official-testing-center-tm.html and https://ged.com). To test at our site, choose “Grenada Adult Education Center” from the list. All open testing dates that still have open seats currently available will show up online from within the account. Testing dates are tentative if they are more than 4-6 weeks out. Once you have a test-taker account, log into it each time to schedule testing, view your score history, print an unofficial transcript, update your contact information and so on. To schedule a HiSET® testing session for the first time, test takers set up an account online at http://hiset.ets.org/test_takers and carefully follow all on-screen instructions. Schedule and pay for testing online. If you have questions, call ETS Customer Service at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738).
To schedule a TASC® testing session for the first time, set up a testing account online at www.tasctest.com/test_takers.html and carefully follow all on-screen instructions. Schedule and pay for your testing online. TASC® testing is not available at the Grenada Adult Education Center. TASC® test takers will have to travel out-of-town to a participating official testing site to take this test. As of June 2016, there are several TASC® testing locations in Mississippi but only one in the northern half of the state (at Columbus, MS). However, more locations are in the process of being added. Check their website for updated locations.
NCPDD Youth Program: The North Central Planning and Development District (NCPDD) Youth Program helps students ages 16-24 who live in Grenada County and who are no longer attending high school to learn work ethics and get paid job training. GAEC students can attend adult education classes and attend these classes at the same time. Youth Program classes usually meet for three weeks in the afternoon. HSE testing fees for students enrolled in this program will be paid and scheduled when verified as prepared to succeed on test modules. GAEC students who would like to get a job, should talk to their ABE instructor about this program. The Youth Program office address is 108 South Main Street, Grenada, MS 38901 (located in the Grenada City Hall); phone 662-226-4471.