High School Equivalency


High School Equivalency Test Prep

Individuals who have less than a high school diploma may enroll in the GED program. Through specialized one-on-one tutoring, and computer software, students receive instruction in language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics. Using the Aztec Learning System, students are able to work autonomously and benefit from a comprehensive and well-articulated curriculum, encouraging their motivation to learn. Adult Education instructors are available to assist students as requested to provide additional instruction and supports that are specific to their needs. Many students not only want to improve their reading, writing, or math skills but also work toward career advancement or entry into post-secondary education. .



The principal target population for Adult Basic Education (ABE) instruction is individuals who have less than a high school diploma (National Adult Literacy Survey Levels I or II). Through one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction, Gaston Literacy helps individuals improve reading, writing, and conversational skills, compute and solve problems, and achieve goals for independent living.

Intake Process

All new students complete a formal intake and complete assessments to determine their specific needs and goals. The intake includes gathering information about the student’s background and previous educational experiences. The intake process also includes an individual orientation familiarizing the student with the council’s facilities, goal setting, and the setting of expectations regarding the student’s commitment and behavior.

Formal assessment of a student’s existing abilities is achieved using NRS National Reporting System (NRS) approved assessments. Students are then placed into level specific courses and utilize research-based curriculum designed for their particular functioning level and learning styles

Additional Services for Students/Support Services

Through career exploration, individuals learn what skills, certifications, and degrees are required in certain in-demand fields that are available in the local region and how to design pathways to their chosen occupations. Students undergo career assessments and receive one-on-one assistance with resume development, job applications, and program referrals.  Clients may be referred to appropriate resources such as local community colleges and NC Works partners for job training or postsecondary training and education.

Digital Literacy

Technology is integrated into instruction to help students develop computer skills and learn how and why technology is used in the workplace and everyday life. While improving literacy, students also acquire the ability to gather, assess, and make use of information from a variety of digital sources.

All GLC students are encouraged to supplement their class work and individual tutoring with independent study in the computer lab or at home. This also allows students to further develop digital literacy skills that are required to pass the high school equivalency exam, apply for jobs, and conduct job searches.

GLC offers several software programs that may be used for supplemental instruction such as Omti-Rogers, Aztec Learning Software, and Rosetta Stone. These are available to supplement all levels of instruction offered in the program.