GED Program

*Due to Covid-19, classes and services are available online. For more information, please call 610-435-0680 Ext. 117. Thank you and be safe.

 

The Literacy Center (TLC) offers classes to adult Pennsylvania residents who are seeking to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma (GED /HiSET). There are many reasons why young people are unable to compete high school, including the need to work to support their families, bullying, learning disabilities, and feeling unsafe at school. The GED High School Equivalency Credential, which includes four separate exams – Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies – provides adults with the opportunity to complete their high school education without the barrier of returning to the traditional classroom.*

 

What Do We Offer?

Framework of GED Classes

  • Morning, afternoon, and evening sessions three days a week: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
  • Study Skills Session focusing on Time Management, Goal Setting, Study Habits, and Test Taking Skills – competencies that will prepare you to be successful in our GED program
  • A rigorous Math session followed by a combined Language Arts/Social Studies/Science session.  Each class has additional classroom assistants to make differentiated instruction available.

YES (Young Empowered Students) Program

Sponsored by the RJ Foundation

Dropping out of high school is associated with a range of adverse life outcomes. Young people who do not complete high school, are more likely to:
• struggle with employment,
• live in poverty,
• be dependent on welfare benefits,
• have poor physical and mental health,
• engage in criminal activity more often than those with higher education levels

The economic consequences of dropping out of high school do not stop with the individual; society also pays a high price. For example, dropouts from the nation’s class of 2011 will cost the U.S. economy an estimated $154 billion over the course of their lifetimes.

The Literacy Center’s unique YES Program began in October 2015. The Program targets “Out of School Youth” ages 17-24, who are not able to re-enter high school, but are seeking a High School Diploma. Students receive personalized attention from their GED Instructor and the GED Coordinator. The learning plan is specially designed to help students produce immediate success.

To learn more about the YES Program, please contact Joanny Arboleda.

College Access Counseling

A College Access Counselor is available to guide adult students through the college search process. The Counselor will explain the application and admissions process and provide resources on colleges, job training programs, and financial aid.

Meet with the Counselor through one-on-one online sessions to get support in all aspects of your college search. The sessions will include:

  1. Orientation
  2. Goal Setting
  3. Comparing Colleges
  4. College Application Assistance
  5. Financial Aid Application Assistance

Throughout the year, representatives from regional colleges and post-secondary schools will conduct Information Sessions remotely. These information sessions are open to the public.*

Tutoring

One-on-one tutoring is available for:

  • Students who desire to work on one GED subject at a time
  • Students who need additional tutoring after completing a session with a group
  • Students who are not ready to take the GED exam yet, but would like to improve their reading, writing, and math skills

Refresher Classes

12- hour refresher classes are available in Math, Reading, or Writing for any students who wish to:

  • Improve their essential workplace math skills such as performing calculations, working on percentages, ratios, and basic word problems
  • Improve skills in locating information and work-related reading comprehension.
  • Improve writing emails for work or your personal life. Special focus on spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure.

For more information on GED classes, College Access Counseling, or Tutoring, please contact Joanny Arboleda.

How to Apply to GED Classes:

Click here to create your student portal account. After you have opened the page, click “Create a New Account,” and then fill out the necessary information. Be sure to complete all necessary fields. For step-by-step instructions on creating an account, click here. As part of this process, you will need to verify your account using a code that is sent to your email address. If you do not receive the code after 10 minutes, check your spam or junk folder.

Once your application is approved, and we have openings, you will be invited to join our classes via email.  If you are interested in the class offered, you will need to respond to the email.

If you do not respond within one week, you risk losing your seat in the class and you will be placed back on the waiting list. It is very important that you check your email and spam folder often, so you do not miss this communication.

If you have any trouble completing the application, please call our Help Desk at 610-435 0680, Ext. 117

GED Frequently Asked Questions

All our classes (ESL and GED) are FREE.

See the above-outlined steps to register for GED Classes.

We typically offer GED classes either in the mornings (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM), afternoons (12:30 PM to 2:30 PM), or in the evenings (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Because we are one of the few centers that offer free GED classes in the Lehigh Valley, our classes are often full. For this reason, you may have to wait several weeks before we are able to place you in a class.

If you’d like to practice your GED skills earlier, you may visit the GED website to take a look at some resources.

We hold about 4 registration sessions throughout the year. Times and dates vary. Information on registration sessions is sent out to prospective students via email and posted on our website and Facebook page.