Location: 104 South 1st Street, Jacksonville, AR
Phone: (501) 985-3560
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM and Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-8:00 PM
Instructors: Barbara Flake, Austin Wilhelm, and Kathy Middlebrooks
The Jacksonville Adult Education/WAGE Center offers free GED and WAGE classes for students 18 and older. Those who wish to improve their skills for entering college or getting a job may also enroll. All students who enroll must take the TABE test. From the TABE, instructors will be able to see what skills need to be refreshed or learned before continuing. Please allow 2.5 hours to enroll and take the TABE. You will need to bring your Arkansas driver’s license or ID and your social security card.
Students interested in computer class may work to complete WAGE Certificates in Employability, Customer Service 1 & 2, Banking, Industrial, and Office Technology. Students with less than a 9.0 grade level on the TABE will also need to work to improve their basic skills in Reading, Math, and Language. For the highest level certificates, students will eventually need 12.9. With these certificates, our workforce partners will know the student they hire has met these standards.
The GED covers Reasoning through Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. Those who follow our checklist may take the GED Ready at our center. The Official GED is given at our main center. Students may also enroll to improve basic skills without going for a GED or WAGE certificate. Please make instructors aware of your goals. Also, for students whose goal is to get a job or go to college or other training, a career coach is available one day per week to meet with our students.
An additional GED class is offered for Pulaski County Special School District and Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District students who are 16 or 17 years of age and meet certain guidelines from their school. Students will need to see their school counselor first. All papers will need to come to Adult Ed from the school counselor in order to get started in class.