Tuesday, August 11, 2009

‘Super Registration' Dates Scheduled

By David Staudacher, Rio Salado College PR Manager, 480.517.8472

Second chances are hard to obtain in life. So in August and September, Rio Salado College is offering a second chance to Valley residents who want to complete their high school education or develop their English skills.

The Tempe-based college’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) department is starting Super Registration on Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 at eight locations throughout the Valley. Super Registration is an opportunity for people to return to school and prepare for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test.

“The lack of a high school diploma can keep someone from getting promoted or hired,” said Miranda Lopez, Rio Salado College’s Director of adult education. “Obtaining a GED (General Education Development) can open more doors and lead to higher paying positions, too. After completing an ABE program, 85 percent of adult learners were successful at improving their employment, increasing both their skills and pay level.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly half a million adults in Maricopa County are neither enrolled in school nor have a high school credential, and the difference between someone with a high school diploma and a high school dropout is more than $7,000.

Rio Salado’s ABE classes focus on improving students’ basic reading, writing and math skills. The classes help students become more self-sufficient, improve job skills, and lay the foundation for a better future. Also, the classes are funded by the Arizona Department of Education, Adult Education Division, and the classes are free for participants.

“Students will need to participate in orientation and go through an assessment before starting classes,” said Lopez. “Also, capacity is limited at most locations and some centers have minimal immediate class openings. Students may be asked to sign up for orientation and assessment.”

“Students should note that day, afternoon, and evening class options are available at most, but not all, locations,” she added. “Students must be 16 years of age or older and be able to verify that they are a legal resident or otherwise lawfully present in the United States to participate in the program.”

For up-to-date Super Registration dates and times please call the ABE HOTLINE (480) 517-8110 or visit www.riosalado.edu/abe.