What is Adult Education?

What is Adult Education?

Formerly known as Adult Basic Education, Adult Education programs are designed to provide opportunities to adults who have not completed high school and who desire to increase their educational attainment for entry or advancement in the workforce or for additional educational opportunities. Often referred to as GED prep classes, education and employment skills are presented in a manner to enhance successful completion of the high school equivalency test.

When Can I Enroll?

Enrollment opportunities for Adult Education/HSE prep classes are held through a registration process that is held on each campus prior to each quarterly class session. The registration dates for the 2017-18 program year are as follows:

Fall Session      
  Simpson Center   September 25, 2017 in the Multi-purpose Room
  Wesson Campus   September 26, 2017 in Smith Hall
  Natchez Campus   September 26, 2017 in the Multi-purpose Room
First Spring Session      
  Simpson Center   January 8, 2018 in the Multi-purpose Room
  Wesson Campus   January 9, 2018 in Smith Hall
  Natchez Campus   January 9, 2018 in the Multi-purpose room
Second Spring Session      
  Simpson Center   March 19, 2018 in the Multi-purpose room
  Wesson Campus   March 20, 2018 in Smith Hall
  Natchez Campus   March 20, 2018 in the Multi-purpose room

Registration is required; classes are provided at no cost. Students, at least 18 years of age, may enroll with a current, state-issued, photo ID and their social security number. Please check with the campus of your choice to obtain the most current information. 

High School Equivalency Tests

In 2014, the GED test was revised to a computer-based format and two alternative high school equivalency tests were introduced: the HiSET and the TASC.  All three tests have equal status in the state of Mississippi and provide a high school equivalency diploma and transcript upon successful completion.

Copiah-Lincoln currently offers testing in the GED on all three campuses. The HiSET and the TASC tests are available on the Wesson campus. Candidates at least 18 years of age are eligible to test with no restrictions.  Information about each test can be found at the follows links:

General Education Development (GED): https://ged.com/ 

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET): http://hiset.ets.org/

Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC): http://www.tasctest.com/test-takers.html 


Official transcripts that are required for employment or educational opportunities must be requested through https://www.diplomasender.com/.  Under “Students & Test Takers” there is the option to access your transcript by creating an account or ordering by phone.  An electronic form of payment may be necessary to complete the transaction.

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Mississippi Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training (Mi-Best)

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Combine your basic education with skills training to get farther faster. Highly motivated students, who will attend classes on the Wesson campus, should contact Susie Patrick at 601.643.8260 for additional information. Click here for more information about MI-BEST or visit this website: https://careertraining.colin.edu/mibest, or visit https://www.mibest.ms/

Smart Start Credential

Smart Start classes are available for anyone looking to improve job opportunities. Participants will develop job skills needed for careers, learn and practice good work habits and effective communication necessary for successful employment. Participants that complete all requirements for the Smart Start Pathway will receive an official Mississippi Smart Start Credential awarded by the MS Community College Board. The Smart Start Credential requires participants to achieve a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC is a national credential that demonstrates to employers the participant has the skills needed to be successful in a job. Participants will complete the WorkKeys test for Applied Math, Reading for Information and Locating Information. Participants will also learn how to become prepared to learn new skills for future careers. This credential may increase your ability for higher paying jobs. Adult Education students will be enrolled as part of the program. Individuals who have a high school diploma and want to enhance their employment opportunities may register for the Smart Start Pathway at their local WIN Job Center. Classes are available online, through a computer or a smart phone, and may be available through face-to-face instruction.

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