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High School Equivalency, Adult High School, Basic Skills and English as a Second Language (ESL)

What's In It For Me?
Improve your reading, math, vocabulary, English skills, and/or complete your high school equivalency or Adult High School Diploma. You can also learn to help your child with homework, or learn some skills to help you get a better job. Learn at your own pace in a classroom atmosphere in either Alexander or Catawba county.

All Basic Skills programs are designed for ADULTS and are FREE!

Learn more about our programs below!

  • High school equivalency and Adult High School are now referred to as Adult Secondary Credential (ASC)

High School Equivalency Diploma
Study to successfully pass the series of 4 GED® tests. The series includes:Reasoning Through Language Arts
 (150 minutes), Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes), Science (90 minutes), and Social Studies (90 minutes).

The GED® tests are computer-based and cost $20 per test, which students pay online. Students will sign up to take test here at our Testing Center. Students who are enrolled in our high school equivalency classes may try the Official GED® Practice Tests in class for free. These tests will help students to know if they are ready for the actual GED® tests.

Students who choose to attend class on our East Campus must sign up to attend an orientation to learn more about our classes and the tests. Call or email Tina at 828.327.7000, ext. 4353,, for more information.

After attending our orientation, students may attend class during any of our open lab hours. 

Classes are offered:
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. & 4:30 - 8 p.m.
Fridays 8 a.m. - noon

Students who live in Alexander County may study for their GED® at the CVCC Alexander Center. Please call 828.632.8221 for more information.

Classes are offered:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:00 - 12 noon
Tuesday/Thursday, 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

** Friday classes are closed during the summer.**

Classes are also offered two nights a week at Ridgeview Library. For more information, call or email Tina at 828.327.7000, ext. 4353,

Want to study for the GED® without coming to class?
CVCC Basic Skills offers an excellent software program for you to use free of charge to help you build your academic skills and prepare for the GED® tests. You must be enrolled in class to study online.


What's the difference between the 2002 series of GED® tests and the new tests offered in 2014?

·         The 2002 GED® test series was comprised of five content areas: social studies, science, mathematics, reading and writing.

·         The 2014 GED® Tests offer a new, computer-based assessment which is aligned with state common core standards

·         Scores from the 2002 series of GED® tests are not transferable to the 2014 assessment. 

I don't know how to sign up online or I don't have a computer at home.

·         Instructors are in the classroom to help you sign up for the tests.

AHS (Adult High School Diploma)   Complete your high school credits with our adult high school classes. 
AHS is an 10-week course in which upon successful completion of a class, you will earn one (1) credit toward your adult high school diploma. 

 Classes are free of charge and offered in 10-week terms:

Term 1: July 7 - September 11

Term 2: September 15 - November 20

Term 3: November 24 - February 12

Term 4:  February 16 - April 23

Term 5:  April 27 - June 30

East Campus: (You may register for up to 3 classes per term)

M/W     9am – 12pm          T/Th     9am – 12pm

M/W     12:30 pm – 3:30 pm          T/Th     12:30pm – 3:30pm

M/W     5:30pm – 8:30pm          T/Th     5:30pm – 8:30pm

Friday (Open Lab to catch up on assignments)     8am – 12pm

Alexander Campus: (You may register for up to 2 classes per term)

M/W     5:30pm – 8:30pm          T/Th    9am - 12pm

(Institutional Holidays –  9/1; 11/27; 12/22-1/1/2015; 5/25/15)

 Attendance Policy:  Attendance in class is essential to your success.  Each term consists of 10 weeks (2 days a week) for a total of 16 class meetings.  Students are only allowed two (2) absences
during the 10 week term. 
Any absence after 2 will result in the student being dropped from the class and
receiving NO CREDIT for the Adult High School class for which they are registered.  Notify the instructor ahead of time if you must miss class.  Repeated tardiness (3) will be counted as an absence, as will repeated instances of leaving before class is dismissed. 

To attend an information session about AHS, call or email Jessica at 327.7000, ext. 4021 or

We hold a cap & gown ASC Graduation Ceremony every year.
Next year, you too, can be a part of the celebration! 
Call us today! 828-327-7000, ext. 4353

ABE (Adult Basic Education)
Learn to read, improve your vocabulary, and read messages at home or work. Teachers work with you one-on-one to help you read and understand better.

Classes are offered on CVCC East Campus:
Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 12 noon
Friday, 8 AM to Noon 
Tuesday and Thursday, 5 to 8 PM

Drop by the CVCC East Campus, or call 828-327-7000, ext. 4353. In Alexander County, call 828.632.8221.

Classes are also offered two nights a week at Ridgeview Library. For more information, call Tina at 828.327.7000, ext. 4353.

Math Sense is a free 8-week skill-building course for students who have not placed into the developmental math series. Topics covered include: whole number operations, fractions, decimals, percents, and introductory data analysis and geometry.

Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday from 9:00am - 11:00am and from 12:00noon - 2:00pm. Two sessions are offered per semester at the CVCC main campus. For registration information, contact Tina Fredell at 828-327-7000, ext. 4353.

ESL (English as a Second Language)
Adults with limited English skills will learn information that can be put to use on the job and at home. You'll learn survival language, grammar, health and safety information, cultural differences, and occupational language. Emphasis is placed on conversational skills. After registering and taking a placement test, students can attend class any of the open lab hours. 

Classes are offered:
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. & 5 - 8:30 p.m.
Fridays 8 a.m. - noon; Saturdays 9 a.m. - noon

Registration is held the first week of every month. Call 828-327-7000, ext. 4353 for specific times and location.

Preparation for Citizenship
Designed to assist students acquire the necessary skills to be successful in the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) naturalization interview, and prepare for the U.S. history and government and English literacy tests required for naturalization.

For additional information or to register, please call Judy Barkley at 828-327-7000, ext. 4366.

CED (Compensatory Education)

Classroom instruction focuses on student's individual goals and includes functional reading and writing literacy skills for personal, social and economic purposes. Students use computer technology to improve skills in self-determination, self advocacy, problem solving and citizenship. Curriculum conforms to the domains from the N.C. Community College Program of Study.

The Next Step Program is a day program for adults with developmental disabilities who have completed high school. Documentation of disability is required.

Transition Class is for students that have graduated from a high school occupational course of study or meet specific criteria.

Students work at their own pace and on the appropriate level determined by placement testing. Studies include basic life and social skills as well as pre-vocational tasks.

For additional information please call Darlene Hudson at 828-327-7000, ext. 4268.

What's In It For Employers?
Are the READING, WRITING, & CALCULATION SKILLS of employees causing problems in your organization?  Problems like scrap, rework, misunderstood instructions, equipment repair, injuries, or not being able to take advantage of new equipment because it is too complex to use.

We have available several free or low cost programs to help your employees--and even your job applicants--get prepared to learn and perform on the job. Many times these persons will not seek help on their own, do not know that help is available or needed, or how to get help.

As an employer, you have the ability to help your employees and applicants improve their skills. In the long run, it helps your company survive and thrive in this time of fast change, high growth, and tight labor markets.  Many area companies are already referring persons who do not meet their employment standards to CVCC for training. Many times these persons will then successfully re-apply for employment. Let us show you how to tap into CVCC's workforce development services for your company.

Open enrollment classes are continually offered at many locations in both Alexander and Catawba counties. Additional sections may be established at local employers' sites.

A resource program designed for on-site industry classes to assist employees gain or improve skills for and to adapt to the ever-changing marketplace of today's world. CVCC's Adult Basic Skills staff work with management to determine what skills are needed. This program can also assist employees who have been out of the classroom for a period of time refresh their skills and be able to move to college classes or training. Areas of study include: English as a Second Language, communication, measurement, job-specific vocabulary, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.

For additional information or to arrange for an on-site class, please call Debbie Saine at 828-327-7000, ext. 4357.

2550 US HIGHWAY 70 SE • HICKORY, NC • 28602-8302 • 828.327.7000
Updated 07.15.2014: Community Service Personal Enrichment