From GED Enrollment to College Ready
Marisol Del Carmen Alcorta enrolled in the Corporate and Community Education (CCE) - General Education Diploma (GED) course at Palo Alto College during the Fall of 2013, passed the official GED exam in the Spring of 2014 and is now enrolled and currently taking Pre-Nursing courses here at PAC.
Although Alcorta was homeschooled for two years during her high school career and continually studied on her own, she never officially completed the homeschool program, which left her without a Diploma. But she knew she wanted to attend college, stating, “When I turned sixteen I was intent on going to college and I wanted to get in as soon as possible.”
So, when inquiring about college courses here at PAC, she was referred to the CCE Adult Learning Academy to assist her in obtaining her GED. Alcorta stated, “[The GED program] helped me not only to feel more confident about taking the test, but it also allowed me to interact with others and through group activities and working with partners it gave me a hint of what college is all about.”
The GED program now includes an 8-week college preparation course, which provides a foundation for the various skills needed in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics for the college entry exam (TSI). Students will also receive a TABE and Accuplacer assessment, along with the tools needed to excel in both college and career.
The Adult Learning Academy provides both GED and ESL courses, affordable prices with highly qualified instructors, flexible schedules with morning or evening courses, and full preparation in English or Spanish. To learn more about the GED and ESL courses, contact the program manager, Dolores Zapata, at (210) 486-3410 or log onto www.alamo.edu/pac/ce/ala.