Free High School Equivalency Classes Offered

Staff Report

EMS – A-B Tech Community College is offering free Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency classes in the Enka/Candler, West Asheville and Leicester communities.  Erwin Middle School will host evening classes from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Orientation will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 25. Mondays and Thursdays 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Classes will also be taught at Goodwill Industries from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. Orientations are at 9 a.m. on Feb. 5, March 5, and April 2.

High School Equivalency tests offered at A-B Tech include GED® and HiSet®. These exams are of equal levels of difficulty, but have some differences. HiSet® tests are offered in a paper and pencil format and cost $10 each. GED® tests are offered on the computer at our secure testing center and cost $20 each.

Adult High School courses are free and are offered online through OdysseyWare software. Students interested in the Adult High School program must submit an official transcript from the school they previously attended in order for prior credits to be evaluated. For the best success, students should have personal access to a computer and the internet.

A-B Tech offer classes, independent study labs, and online courses year-round. Typically, students who make progress towards their goals attend at least six hours per week for at least three consecutive months. The more students participate, the sooner they graduate! During enrollment, students take placement tests in English and math to help determine their academic needs. Progress testing is given intermittently to inform students’ study plans and to evaluate the effectiveness of our program’s services. Students may take GED® or HiSet® exams as soon as they are prepared to succeed – no need to wait for group testing sessions or the end of the semester. Call (828) 398-7891 to sign up for either location.  For more information, email

About A-B Tech

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its six academic divisions: Allied Health, Academic Success and Public Service, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology. The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes. A-B Tech enrolls more than 25,000 curriculum and continuing education students in programs at its Asheville, Enka, Madison, South, Woodfin and Goodwill locations.

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