Adult Education

Adults who desire to increase their basic skill levels in reading, mathematics, writing, or English language (ESL) may enroll in the Adult Education program at no cost. This competency-based program offers students the opportunity to increase their basic skills, to learn the English language, to pass the GED® Test, or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) beginning in 2021, to increase their skills prior to enrolling in a credit program of study if they have not taken the college admissions examination, and to participate in transitional services for post-secondary enrollment and job readiness including integrated educational training.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to enroll; however, special permission may also be granted to applicants aged 16 and 17 if certain requirements are met. Call the Adult Education office for more information.

Adult Basic Education

Morning, afternoon, and evening classes are offered either in person or virtually in the following subject areas: Reading, writing, math, science, and social studies to prepare students to take the GED® exam.

Classes are held in Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson Counties.

There are no fees for Adult Education classes, and books are provided for use in the classroom at no charge.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English language classes are available for participants who have a primary language other than English. These classes provide assistance with speaking and understanding the English language. Classes have a primary focus on conversational English. Employment-related language skills are also available.

ESL classes are available in person at the Adult Education location in Fayette County and an online option is available for all campuses.

GED® Test

Approved by the Commission on Accreditation Service Experiences, a unit of the American Council on Education, Southern Crescent Technical College has two designated test centers for the administration of the GED® test: Southern Crescent Technical College, Griffin Campus and the Flint River Campus in Thomaston. There are four sections on the GED® test. The total cost for the four-part test is $160 or $40 for each part.

GED testing is completed on a computer in our Pearson-Vue labs in Griffin and in Thomaston. Computer-based testing provides the benefit of the use of technology that is required for post-secondary education and for many jobs. Information about GED testing can be obtained by contacting one of our Adult Education locations and by visiting

Eligibility, requirements, and registration information are available at all Adult Education locations:

Students may schedule a test using online registration at, or by calling 877-EXAM-GED or 877-392-6433.

Testing scholarships are often available for students enrolled in the Adult Education program who are meeting program-specific criteria and who express a financial need.

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)

The HiSET® exam is one of three tests (GED, HiSET, and TASC) U.S. states and territories use to measure high school equivalency (HSE) skills. Educational Testing Services (ETS) works closely with states to ensure the HiSET® exam closely reflects the skills of a high school graduate and to provide a fair, rigorous exam.

The HiSET® exam is made up of five subtests: Language Arts – Reading, Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The total cost is $133.75 or $26.75 for each part. The five subtests vary from 65 – 120 minutes. The Language Art – Writing subtest is multiple choice with an essay prompt, while the remaining subtests are only multiple choice. The questions reflect College and Career Readiness Standards to ensure that you are prepared for employment and/or post-secondary education once you have earned your credential. If you do not pass any of the five subtests on your first try, you can retake each subtest twice within twelve months.

Certified Literate Community Project (CLCP)

The Certified Literate Community Program is a community non-profit collaborative that promotes, supports, and enhances literacy efforts locally. Communities participating in the program analyze community needs, create awareness of the needs, ensure that learning opportunities are offered and evaluate progress so that the majority of citizens needing to improve their skills are able to do so within a specified time period. Networks are formed to coordinate business, church, volunteer, social service, local government and schools, media and other efforts in the community to reach, influence and support those who want to improve their education.

Participating communities with the Southern Crescent Technical College service delivery area are as follows:

  • Spalding – established in 1991
  • Upson – established in 1993

For more information, contact the local Adult Education office in each respective county.