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High School Equivalency (GED®, HiSET)

Adult residents of North Carolina who have not completed high school may earn a High School Equivalency Diploma by passing a battery of tests. The battery of assessments, available as computer-based tests only for GED®, consists of reasoning through language arts (reading and writing), math, science, and social studies. HiSET, computer-based or paper-based, offers five tests in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. The State Board of the North Carolina Community College System awards the high school equivalency diploma. Classes are available at no cost to the student through the Transitional Studies Department–morning, afternoons, and evenings, both on campus and off–to provide instruction for preparation for these tests. There are fees associated with taking these tests, but the classes are free.

For more information about Adult Literacy/High School Equivalency classes, call 252 493-7892

High School Equivalency Test Center: 123 Leslie Building

Contact Mary Hopkins at 252-493-7606 or 252-493-7628 for more information.

Transitions Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC is available to adults who wish to have additional access beyond the regularly scheduled classes to improve reading, math, writing, and high school equivalency test scores.  The Center offers individualized instruction in an open lab format and provides a wealth of resources for the adult learner. Students may use textbooks, computers, DVDs and other materials to assist in their learning as well as receive one-on-one assistance.  Any student who has completed walk-in Assessment may choose to enroll in the TLC as early as the week following assessment.

Contact the TLC at (252) 493-7342 for operating times.  Contact 252 493-7892 for additional information.

Distance Learning

Online learning opportunities are available for students wishing to enhance classroom instruction or those who need the flexibility of learning from home.  A face-to-face orientation is needed for instruction on how to use the available programs.

Contact the Learning Center at 252 493-7342 for more information.

Adult High School (AHS)

AHS provides coursework for adults who wish to earn a high school diploma through course credit completion not previously earned in a traditional high school setting. The program consists of core courses required by the NC Department of Public Instruction, along with electives required by the local public school system and the community college. Students who successfully complete all program requirements earn an Adult High School Diploma awarded jointly by Pitt County Schools and Pitt Community College.

To earn an Adult High School diploma, students must transfer at least 14 credits and complete a total of 22 credits comprised of the following:

  • English: 4 credits
  • Math: 4 credits
  • Science: 3 credits
  • Social Studies: 4 credits
  • Health/PE: 1 credit
  • Elective: 6 credits

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For more information, contact Belinda Grubbs at (252) 493-7560.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

This program is designed for adults who need to improve communication (reading, writing, speaking), numeracy, computation, and problem-solving skills necessary to function effectively on a job, in post-secondary training, in the family or in society. Some classes are designed to provide basic literacy level instruction, while others are designed to prepare for the high school equivalency test or Adult High School diploma. All classes are designed to provide reading, writing, and math instruction in the context of workforce and career development and preparation.

A variety of instructional strategies and approaches provides adult learners with the basic education necessary for achieving success in job training and retraining programs, post-secondary education opportunities, and obtaining and retaining productive employment so that students may fully enjoy the benefits and responsibilities of being citizens. Computer-assisted and distance learning instruction may be available as a supplement for students working toward their goals.

Classes are available throughout the Pitt County service area, both days and evenings, and may be co-sponsored with other community agencies, churches, businesses, or schools.