What’s it like to get your HSE?

In 2014, the GED® underwent the most dramatic changes since it’s inception. First, we no longer call it the “GED”. The new name is the High School Equivalency (HSE). Students can now take one of two tests to obtain their HSE credentials. The GED® (now owned by Pearson) or the HiSET (offered by the non-profit Educational Testing Services).

Second, the test is now 3-4 times as difficult as it once was and gone are the days of obtaining your HSE credentials in a matter of weeks. Generally, students now stay with us for a minimum of a year, although it varies widely, depending on the individual. Once a student comes in and does an initial assessment with us, we can get a better sense of how long they will need to prepare.

The positive side of this change is that the respect given by colleges, businesses, and the community at large to the HSE has greatly increased. The difficulty of the test is designed to insure that, once you pass, you are college ready. Our nation is now recognizing that passing this test is no small feat and is a meaningful credential!

Students generally find the Math section to be the most difficult, as you now have to be able to perform quadratic equations and other basic algebraic functions. Others breeze through Math but find the other subjects-Language Arts (reading and writing), Social Studies, and Science more challenging. Every mind is different.

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Luckily, ALC is one of the top performing programs in the state! We have professional, friendly, and highly skilled teachers. Our small class sizes allow for individualized attention. Preparation for the exams is an integral part of our academic courses, and is offered in both Spanish and English. In addition, our evening ESL Civics Engagement course bolsters English skills while simultaneously assisting immigrants with career and college preparation. A Distance Education platform is available for those in treatment centers or who are otherwise unable to attend classes. We provide 1:1 tutoring, achievement coaching, and individualized learning plans for all of our students.

Announcing: Career Pathways!

The Adult Learning Center (ALC) now includes Career Pathways programming for Taos County. We serve under-prepared learners and workers, both with and without high school diplomas, in obtaining meaningful and supportive careers.

 

The three components of the Career Pathways programming are career infused academic classrooms, direct participation with employers and with post-secondary institutions, and explicit professionalism and life skills training. Students will develop a Career Portfolio, explore college and career training options, participate in job shadowing and internships, and learn health and financial literacy skills.

The complexity of today’s world demands that students not only learn academic and technical skills, but also understand how to problem solve, efficiently communicate, and develop a sense of self-efficacy. Career Pathways provides a platform from which students can make the leap into personal and professional success.

Taos News article about us

Great description of our work in The Taos News on October 6, 2015.

“We want to make education as relevant as we can, with the main goal to improve students’ actual lives,” Hofer said. “We are helping the students see it as a way to prepare themselves for a better future. We want them to see the connection between taking classes here and pursuing a career they love. It’s more than just getting a diploma — it’s about building a new life.

Read the complete article here