Adult Education

GED Exam Preparation

The General Educational Development (GED) test is a series of four tests that students can complete to gain a high school credential. These tests include:

The GED classes at Neighborhood House are designed to help students prepare for this test in a dynamic, engaging classroom. These classes are a combination of U.S.-born students who did not complete high school and English Language Learners who have completed English classes and need a high school credential for work or college.

For more information and intake dates, contact John Ashby at 651-789-2522 or email John.

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English Language Learner Program

English Language Learner (ELL) classes teach students reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through the context of life skills.  Students learn about health, housing, work, food, money, and many other everyday topics.  After students complete the Advanced ELL class, they are able to join the GED or College Readiness classes.

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College Readiness

This class is for students who have a high school diploma, either from the U.S. or another country, who have a goal of attending college.  The primary focus of the College Readiness class is to prepare students for the Accuplacer test.  This is a test colleges use to determine if students are ready for college classes or if they need remedial English or math classes.  Our goal is to help students pass this test so that they can enroll directly in credit-bearing classes and avoid the expensive remedial courses. In College Readiness class students also learn study and soft skills necessary to succeed in college.

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English Language Civics

The EL/Civics classes are funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.  Civics classes teach English skills through a focus on U.S. citizenship, community engagement, Minnesota culture and history, and job skills.  Students in these classes all have a goal of eventually obtaining employment or improving their current employment situation.  Many students in this class also volunteer at other Neighborhood House programs as part of an apprenticeship to gain job skills.

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Computer Classes

Students in computer classes learn how to use the internet, e-mail, and Microsoft Office programs.  Every other day of computer class is run as an open lab where students can work on any computer-related project and get support from staff and volunteers. Students in this class work toward gaining a Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment certificate, a computer skills credential recognized throughout the state.

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Career Training Programs

The West Side Employment Collaborative offers training on workplace essential skills, and various sector-specific careers such as maintenance and custodial, medical office support, and others.

For more information, contact Christine Law-Chapman at 612-752-8930