The Gaston College Lincoln campus will host a session on Saturday for the first time for those interested in taking a pre-qualifying exam in order to later take the Spanish language version of the General Education Development (GED) test.
This will serve as the weeding-out process for those who won’t be able to pass the GED test, yet, in which those who fail the Career Readiness Certification (CRC) test will obtain information on enrolling in English as Second Language (ESL) courses to better prepare them.
Offering the test in an alternate language will help a large population of those who have high school diplomas or other degrees from another country, but don’t get them translated and are unable to get a job or go to school in the U.S., said Debra Hissom, chief GED examiner/testing coordinator at Gaston College.
Other community colleges in the state do offer classes and tests in Spanish, but some may charge up to $70, Hissom told the Times-News on Thursday, not including the price of the test. Gaston College will charge $25 for the GED test, with no fee for the CRC, which will be covered through a grant.
This addition would go hand-in-hand with the Dream Act — a proposed piece of legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to remain in the country for a certain amount of time as long as proof of efforts to pursue education is presented, Hissom noted; this would be a step in that direction, she said.
“According to the mission and philosophy of Gaston College, we are an open door, public community college that shares a committed responsibility to nurture a mentoring, collaborative and diverse culture of skilled learners,” said John McHugh, dean of the Gaston College Lincoln campus. “By offering the test in Spanish, we are furthering our mission within the community.”
The CRC will be offered at 8 a.m., Saturday, in room 312 at the Lincoln Campus of Gaston College. Those interested must bring a valid photo id, such as a passport or driver’s license. For more information, call (704) 922-6231 or email Hissom at firstname.lastname@example.org.