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Career Prep Center Goes Beyond the Classroom

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An area organization is revamping its programs to prepare adults for new a career. Its members are hoping to get people geared up for the General Educational Development (GED), and for life after the test in the work force.

The Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education Centers serve people all throughout the region, preparing them for the GED, and offering English as a Second Language classes.

TJ ACE is now unveiling a new "career pathways" focus, to go beyond classroom prep and start getting students ready for the real world.

In addition to GED prep, TJ ACE is now offering educational programs to help students achieve the Career Readiness Certificate, or CRC, which is a post-secondary credential issued through the Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Administrators say the CRC will give students an edge in the career field.

TJ ACE is also integrating instruction in career awareness, local employment options, finding and keeping a job, soft skills, and transitioning from college into the GED classes. Class instruction is changing, so students have to work in teams and think creatively, as opposed to just learning to take the test.

"We are re-aligning everything that we do to not only build these academic skills, but to also teach these other skills as well, so that when our students are finished with our programs they are ready to go get a good job," said Carol Coffey, a regional specialist and GED examiner for the Charlottesville-based Adult Learning Center.

In January 2014 the GED will be more rigorous, so administrators are urging people to take the test now before it becomes harder. The GED prep classes are adjusting to include lessons on the harder exam, as well as this new career focused learning.

GED test prep classes are taught all throughout the region at different times and locations. Financial assistance is available. Click here for more information about how to sign up.

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