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Entries for 2013


Eliceo Mendez is the Adult Education Center’s student of the month for September.  This is Eliceo’s second year at the AEC.  He started taking beginning English classes last year and is enrolled in higher level classes this year.  Eliceo is a dedicated and motivated student. He manages his busy schedule well and attends class regularly.  When he is in class, Eliceo is focused on learning English and helpful to those around him.  He participates in activities and takes advantage of his time in class to speak English.  He is an excellent student, and his hard work has helped him to improve his English greatly.

Eliceo moved to the United States from Mexico 13 years ago.  Before coming here, he worked on a farm with his father and brothers and picked corn, beans, and peppers for a factory that made corn tortillas.  He also sold tortillas in neighboring towns.  When the factory closed, Eliceo decided that he should come to the United States to look for work.  Now, he works at El Chico restaurant and studies English at the AEC four days a week.  Eliceo is also a musician. He enjoys playing Ranchera or Mexican country music on his guitar with friends.

In the future, Eliceo would like to go to college to become a nurse.  For now, however, he plans to continue studying at the AEC so that he can improve his English even more.






July 8-31: Summer II. Office open 8:00am-8:00pm Monday/Wednesdays, and 8:00am-4:00pm Tuesday/Thursdays. Classes meet at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00am Monday through Thursday. Our night classes meet at 5:00 and 6:30pm on Monday and Wednesday nights.

U.S. Representative Steve Womack spoke at the 39th Annual GED Commencement ceremony of the Fort Smith Adult Education Center on Monday, May 13, 2013 at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Stubblefield Center.  The ceremony drew over 1,000 attendees, and over 100 of the 350 GED graduates participated. Congratulations to the class of 2013!  

Great stories in the Times Record here and here

The GED exam and process have changed. The new GED 2014 exam is computer-based and will required some basic computer skills. The new test has four parts instead of five: Reading/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math. Curious what this test will look like?  Click here.  Scoring for the new test has also changed: to pass the new GED 2014, students must score 150 out of 200 in each area, and have a 600 overall (out of 800 possible points). The test is computer scored, so unofficial scores will be available immediately after testing. Details here.

The new test will require students to sign up at GED.com and take and pass official practice tests ("GED Ready") before taking the official test. We will have a FREE official practice test for Adult Education students, so don't pay the $6 for the online "GED Ready" test- check with us first!

For the 2002 GED series, Arkansas law required students to pass all of the practice tests before taking any of the official GED exams. With the new GED 2014, students can take and pass one area at a time. For example: a student can study math, take and pass the math "GED Ready" test, and then take the official GED Math test before moving onto science and the other subjects. More information on the GED Ready test here.

Once a student has passed the GED Ready test, they may sign up for the official GED test.  The official test must be taken in person at an authorized center- it is not an "online" test- it is "computer-based". The Fort Smith Adult Education Center is an authorized Pearson Vue Testing Center, and we will offer official GED testing here beginning in mid-January (by appointment only).

The Arkansas Department of Career Education plans to charge only $16 for the official tests, instead of the full $120. Please wait until we get the details before paying the full amount online. We hope to offer "vouchers" to cover the costs to students who qualify.  Again- details to come, so please be patient.

Remember- the Fort Smith Adult Education Center is here to provide instruction and testing for our students to prepare them for college and careers. We are ready to help you pass the new GED 2014.  Happy New Year!

We are closed for Winter Break from December 23- January 3.  Classes will resume on January 6, 2014.  Have a great break!

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