Minot Adult Learning Center is registering students

People who have been waiting to finish their GED have until Dec. 13 to complete all five of the tests in science, math, social studies, reading and writing, said Adult Learning Center director Jennifer Kraft.

Beginning in 2014, there will be a new, computerized GED test and people with uncompleted GEDs will have to start all over and take the new tests in all five subject areas.

About 100 people last year completed their GEDs through the Adult Learning Center, said instructor Marcy Beck.

Beck said the center serves students from Minot and the surrounding area. Students have different reasons for completing a GED. Beck said some plan to attend college, while others are hoping to obtain promotions at work or meet requirements for employees to have a high school diploma or a GED.

Services at the Adult Learning Center are offered free of charge. When they register for the program, GED students are given a basic skills assessment and can receive help to review subject areas they have more difficulty with. Skills vary depending on how long the student has been out of school and academic ability, said Beck. Registration is Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon.

It costs $25 to take each of the five parts of the GED, but the Bank of North Dakota will pay the cost of the first and the last tests for students who are officially registered at the Adult Learning Center, taking $50 off the $125 total price for a student.

A GED satellite center is located in Bottineau at the Bottineau Learning Center. Classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, contact Lori Schmidt at 612-695-7851.

The Adult Learning Center also offers other services. Kraft said the English as a Second Language program serves students throughout the academic year. ESL instructors Janae Ronning and Sarah Johnson teach students who speak a variety of languages.

Instruction is in English, but they said Google Translate can help them explain new concepts to different students. Many ESL students attend the center to improve their English so they can get jobs. ESL classes are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 to 2:30 p.m. Students can attend when they have time. Registration for the ELL program is Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon.

There is a satellite ESL program in Stanley. For more information, contact Betty.Vanvugt@sendit.nodak.edu.

There is also a separate 6-week citizenship class offered in the fall and again in the spring. The next citizenship class will start Oct. 9.

Students interested in registering for either program should call the Adult Learning Center and make an appointment.

In addition, the Adult Learning Center administers community education classes for the Minot Public Schools. Classes are offered in such things as yoga, stretch and strength, rosemaling, quilting, making Christmas placemats, jewelry making, making crock pot meals, using an iPad, using different types of technology, making Shutterfly scrapbooks, creative cooking and Christmas cookie decorating. The costs of these classes vary. For more information on dates, places, times and price, contact the Adult Learning Center.