PHOENIX, AZ — Through an innovative relationship among SMCC and Rio Salado College, GED® test prep courses are now accessible at South Mountain Community College.
This new program, which is conducted on campus at SMCC, allows students to register in one of SMCC's Construction Trades Institute, or CTI, programs while also attending Rio Salado's adult education courses to earn a high school equivalency certificate. Applicants are not forced to enroll in the CTI course, but doing so provides them with an expanded chance to not only achieve their GED®, but also a diploma and training in a new job-ready career in carpentry, plumbing or electrical.
Regarding the class locations, RSC Thomas and RSC Northern are currently available on Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for limited offline services and sessions. Live online, instructor-led courses and virtual services are still available on all sites. Stay updated for more information on when these places will resume for offline services and classes later this spring.
Until June 2021, all classes were free. Later than that, the price varies from $25 to $70, based on the student's family earnings and the number of family members. The classes will last for sixteen weeks and are available during the day or evening, based on the selected location.
The GED® Test Prep program includes the following features:
- Staff that are committed to assisting students in enrolling in the program and preparing for success.
- On the campus, a separate physical classroom with public access is available.
- Two days a week, three hours per day, in-person GED® test preparation classes
- One day each week, in-person building trades classes
- In just one term, students can receive a CTI certification.
- Students can apply for scholarships to help pay for the CTI course.
Cohorts will begin every seven weeks and will be conducted on the SMCC campus in the North Campus Complex Building. Please contact 480.384.9821 for further information or to register in the program.
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