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  Sep 25, 2017
 
 
    
Catalog 2017-18

GED - Essential Academic Skills (ASE/GED)


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Program Description


These classes help students who do not have their high school diploma improve their basic adult education skills – reading, writing and math – that are needed to prepare for and successfully pass the 2014 GED exam and earn their high school diploma.

Program Outcomes


Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Program Length


Essentials Skills I, II & III: 72 hours, 12 weeks; 2 classes per week (3-hour long day/night classes)                      

GED Content: 72 hours, 12 weeks; 2 classes per week (3-hour long day/night classes)    

GED Mathematics: 72 hours, 12 weeks; 2 classes per week (3-hour long day/night classes)    

Writing Across the Curriculum: 30 hours, 5 weeks; 2 classes per week (3-hour long day/night classes)

* Summer follows a shortened session*

Program Requirements


All students must attend a regional registration and assessment session which includes orientation, an assessment process to determine skills levels in reading and math, and advisement/placement (2 to 3 hour process). Go to http://www.ccbcmd.edu/Programs-and-Courses/Basic-Education/Adult-Basic-Education-and-Essential-Skills/GED-and-Essential-Skills-Registration.aspx for assessment, regional registration information, and schedule updates.

Minimum of 18 years of age; no high school diploma; officially withdrawn or not required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law.

Application Process


Provisional Entry – All students must attend a regional registration and assessment session. Students under the age of 19 must provide a copy (copies cannot be made at registration) of official documentation of their withdrawal from school, and their parent/legal guardian’s signature at the time of registration to enroll.

Program Course Sequence


Students are expected to attend all classes and will be responsible for completing all in-class and homework assignments each week.

Course Number

Course

Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

ADS 311

Essential Skills I

72

Fee to cover the cost of required books and materials distributed in class is $25

$0

Grant Funded **

ADS 312

Essential Skills II

72

Required book will be announced at registration and will be available at all CCBC bookstores; $40

$0

Grant Funded **

ADS 313

Essential Skills III

72

Required book will be announced at registration and will be available at all CCBC bookstores; $40

$0

Grant Funded **

ADS 127

Writing Across the Curriculum

30

Book and materials will be provided in class and are included in the course costs.

$30

T-$0/F-$30

Partially Grant Funded **

ADS 078

GED Content Area Preparation

72

Required text included and distributed in class.

$80

T-$0/F-$80

Partially Grant Funded **

ADS 075

GED Mathematics Preparation

72

Required text included and distributed in class.

$80

T-$0/F-$80

Partially Grant Funded **

Totals:

 

390

$105

$190

T-$0/F-$190

** This class is supported by grant funding from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation 

Additional Information


Course Objectives and Outcomes:

Students will increase their educational functional level in reading, writing and mathematics as they progress through the skill levels.  The goal of these classes is for the student to successfully pass all sections of the GED® test and transition to post-secondary education and/or workforce training.  All GED level classes will prepare students to successfully utilize technology-enhanced items including drop down boxes, fill in the blanks, drag and drop, hot spot, and extended responses.

 

Essential Skills I: This course enables the student to learn basic educational skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.  Learning outcomes include real-life skills, job-related skills, and preparation for further education, including Essential Skills II.  Topics include: reading comprehension; language; writing; and basic computation skills.

 

Essential Skills II: This course enables the student to learn the skills required to develop and review the reading, writing and math skills needed to transition to Essential Skills III. Topics include: reading comprehension improvement; parts of speech; vocabulary; sentence structure; paragraph development; critical thinking skills; decimals; fractions; percentages; and problem solving.

 

Essential Skills III: This course enables the student to learn the skills required to develop and review reading, writing and math skills needed to transition to the GED course. Topics include: reading comprehension for complex passages; content instruction in science and social studies; essay development; critical thinking skills; and basic algebra and geometry.

 

Writing Across the Curriculum: This course enables the student to learn the skills necessary to write a successful response to short answer questions on the GED exam.  Topics to be covered include: sentence structure; English grammar standards; citing facts; and summarization.

 

GED Content Area Preparation: This course enables the student to learn the comprehension, analysis, evaluation, and writing skills needed to pass the GED test in the areas of reading, science, and social studies.  Topics include: interpretation of informational passages; analysis of specific claims in scientific and historical reading; deriving evidence and developing text-based arguments; interpretation of scientific and historical information from tables, graphs, and diagrams; constructing an analytic response using source texts; and completing a timed response.  Students will be prepared to successfully answer technology-enhanced items, including: drop-down; fill-in-the-blank; drag and drop; hot spot; and written response.

 

GED Mathematics Preparation: This course enables the student to learn specific math concepts required to pass the 2014 General Educational Development (GED) Test.  Topics include: complex measurement; algebra; functions; patterns; geometry; complex equations; plotting data; use of online calculator; symbol insertion; and word problems.  This course prepares the student to successfully answer technology-enhanced items, including: multiple choice; drop-down; fill-in-the-blank; drag and drop; hot spot; and manipulation of both an online and handheld calculator.

 

Career Opportunities:

Transition to post-secondary training and education support available to all learners.

Program Contact Information


Program Director:                   

Ellen Beattie

ebeattie@ccbcmd.edu     

443-840-3933    

Dundalk, MASH 109

 

Administrative Assistant:  

Joan Freggens   

jfreggens@ccbcmd.edu     

443-840-3077    

Dundalk, MASH 104

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