GED Classes Offered In Bath And Highland Counties

Warm Springs, VA – For adults who didn’t finish high school, classes are available in Bath and Highland Counties to help them develop skills and secure a diploma that could help improve employment possibilities. Adult Basic Education and General Education Diploma, or GED, classes are available whenever a student is ready to get started.

Marion “Bo” Trumbo is a teacher at Bath County High School and he is also the GED and Adult Basic Education instructor at the Goshen Library in Rockbridge County.

“It’s never too late to get involved,” says Trumbo. “We begin when somebody wants to come in. So it’s never too late. It’s an ongoing instructional situation. It’s not based on the school year. We’ll work with you from wherever you are when you come in and then move towards the passing of the GED test.”

GED and Adult Education Classes are offered at the Goshen library in Rockbridge County and at Valley Elementary in Bath. And classes are also offered in Highland County; the classes in Highland are on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Classes meet in Bath and Rockbridge counties Monday and Tuesday evenings. Since classes are ongoing, you can start whenever you like. There are also online classes available in addition to the traditional classroom setting.

And classes are offered to students who are just looking to improve certain skills, such as reading.

“We have students from 18 years old to 64 years old,” says Trumbo. “And we move them in different directions. Some of our locations in Rockbridge County offer computer instruction. The opportunity there is to explore what is needed for the student to improve themselves academically through the GED and ABE, adult basis education area, and to improve themselves either in reading or computer.”

The GED test is composed of different tests in various subjects: language arts with an essay, math, science, social studies, reading and language arts with English. Trumbo says the cost is nominal to take the GED test. When a student is ready the opportunity is there to take the GED test at almost any time. It’s offered on varying schedules in Bath, Alleghany and other areas.

“We have the ability to find out where you are, what’s open to you,” says Trumbo. “We do have a process of establishing. When you come in we have a basic application and then we give you two diagnostic tests, one in English and one in math. And this doesn’t tell you what your grade is, it just gives us a level at which we can start teaching you, what you’re strong in and what you’re weak in. And then build yourself up to the point to where you then can take the GED test and then pass them. And then that’s what we’re working towards.”

For more information on GED classes offered in Highland, call the Superintendent’s office at 468-6300 and in Bath County call the School Board Office at 839-2722.

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