Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The purpose of the Adult Basic Education program is to provide instruction to those individuals who are functioning below a ninth grade level. Instruction covers the fundamentals of mathematics, science, social studies, reading, and oral and written communication.

There are no registration fees. All materials have been specifically prepared for adults with emphasis on individual needs and interests. Upon the completion of ABE level courses, the adult should be equipped to enter the High School Equivalency Preparation program. Off campus sites are located throughout the county. The online High School Equivalency Diploma is available to individuals who qualify.

High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation

Those receiving an acceptable passing score on all sections of the HSE test will receive a High School Equivalency Diploma awarded by the State Board of Community Colleges. The sections of the HSE test are: Reasoning through Language Arts; Reading; Mathematical Reasoning; Social Studies; and Science. The test is given approximately every month. North Carolina has adopted three different high school equivalency diploma options. These tests are offered as a Computer Based Testing (CBT) and Pencil Based Testing (PBT).

  • HiSET (CBT & PBT) consists of 5 tests. The fee for taking the HiSET is $50.
  • TASC (CBT & PBT) consists of 5 tests. The fee for tatking the TASC is $52.
  • Pearson (GED Testing Service/CBT only) consists of 4 tests. The fee for taking the GED test is $80.

HSE test is accepted as a valid means of awarding a high school diploma. Most employers and training programs accept HSE in the same manner as traditional high school diplomas. In addition, students may enroll in any community college program with the HSE diploma. Universities will accept HSE graduates after they meet other admission requirements. Students usually complete their first two years at a community and then transfer to a four-year school. Certain branches of the military will also accept HSE graduates while some branches may have additional requirements.

Adults who have not completed high school may take the HSE test at SCC.

Adult Basic Education for Individuals w/Disabilities

SCC provides instruction for individuals with developmental disabilities at sites through Columbus County. Individuals enrolled in this program learn the fundamentals of mathematics, science, social studies, reading, and oral and communication. At the same time instructors are preparing students for employment and economic self-sufficiency.

English Language Learner (ELL)

The English Language Acquisitions Program is designed for individuals whose native language is not English. These classes provide instruction in conversational communication. Interested students are encouraged to enroll in the Basic Skills program in the college’s Basic Skills Lab (B-103) and at locations throughout Columbus County.

Columbus Industries Division of Monarch

Columbus  Industries Division of Monarch, located in downtown Whiteville, is a public non­ profit organization offering vocational and personal development programs for intellectually disabled, emotionally disturbed, and physically disabled adults 16 years of age or older who cannot maintain competitive  employment and/or function effectively in the community.

SCC provides instructors who teach the fundamentals of mathematics, science, social studies, reading and oral and written communication. At the same time instructors are preparing students for employment and economic self-sufficiency. New Directions – Fair Bluff; Community Innovations – Whiteville; Home Care Management – Whiteville.

For more information, interested persons should contact the Basic Skills Program.

Contacts

Janie Caswell

Coordinator/Basic Skills

(910) 642-7141, ext. 326

B-Building, Rm 103C

janie.caswell@sccnc.edu

Denise Young

Basic Skills Recruiter/GED Examiner

(910) 642-7141, ext. 432

T-Building, Rm 102

denise.young@sccnc.edu