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Adult Basic Education/GED® Classes

Dr. Tamba O. Thompson, Director of Literacy Education, 252-536-7235


Halifax Community College’s Literacy Education program offers Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development® (GED),Compensatory Education/Students with Disabilities, English-as-a-Second Language, and Self-Improvement components. Classes are available for individuals desiring to improve academically and personally, increase opportunities for gainful employment or promotions, continue educational goals, assist children with homework and/or strengthen skills which makes one more prepared to participate in new or existing industries in the Roanoke Valley and beyond.

HCC has an open-door policy in Workforce & Economic Development for everyone who has the need and desire to learn. Any adult 18 years of age or older may enroll in HCC’s Literacy Education program. The parent or legal guardian of individuals 16-17 years of age must contact Dr. Tamba O. Thompson, director of literacy education at (252) 536-7235 to schedule a face-to-face meeting and request drop-release paperwork to be eligible to receive high school equivalency instruction and to take high school equivalency assessments.

New and returning students (who have not attended classes 3 months or longer) are required to attend New Student Orientation sessions. Students attending off-campus classes are able to enroll on the days that classes meet. Our highly qualified and motivated instructors provide individualized and group instruction and computerized instruction that involve real-life situations. Additionally, instruction is provided by utilizing magazines, newspapers, videos, computerized instruction, etc.

On January 2, 2014 the GED® Testing Services began the new 2014 GED® tests. The new GED® tests are computer-based but not offered online through the internet. February 2016, Halifax Community College began offering the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) which is offered by computer or papter-based but it is not offered online through the internet.

The GED® exam and the HiSET(R) exam offer high school equivalency credentials to individuals who did not obtain a high school diploma. Individuals have a choice to take the GED(R) exam or the HiSET exam which will lead to the same High School Equivalency Diploma. Classes do not have registration fees. However,students are required to pay GED® examination fees or HiSET(R) fees. In North Carolina, all students taking the GED® examination are required to pay a total of $80, which covers the entire battery of GED® tests. The 2014 GED® testing series consist of literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In North Carolina, all students taking the HiSET examination are required to pay a total of $50 which covers the entire battery of HiSET tests. The HiSET testing series consist of reading, writing, science, social studies and mathematics. Currently, the first two GED® and HiSET® retakes are free in North Carolina. The new GED® and HiSET(R) tests are more in line with the state’s Common Core Standards. These new GED® and HiSET tests are designed to help prepare students to be college and career ready.

For students who have taken GED® tests before 2014 and did not complete GED® requirements, these GED® tests have expired and you must start over. However, motivated and qualified instructors are in place to help you reach your educational goals!

Earn Your North Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma


Passing any one of the assessments will lead to the same High School Equivalency Diploma


Compensatory Education/Students with Disabilities
Compensatory Education/Students with Disabilities classes are available to any adult age 18 or older, who has special learning needs which can be documented. A psychological evaluation is required prior to enrollment. There is no cost to qualifying adults with certifiable special learning needs. However, class sizes are limited. If the classes are full, students' names will be placed on a waiting list. Books, computer, and materials are also provided free of charge to the students.

Students are responsible for their own transportation. The Choanoke Public Transportation Authority (CPTA) is available to provide transportation providing the clients meet requirements and pay necessary fees. Please call CPTA at (252) 539-2022 to obtain additional information about their transportation requirements.

Should you or a potential student's caretaker be interested in obtaining additional program information or scheduling a conference, please contact Dr. Tamba O. Thompson, director of literacy education at (252) 536-7235.