The SAU Tech Adult Education Center serves Calhoun, Columbia, Dallas, and Ouachita Counties. Our program serves adult learners through Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes, which are designed for adults functioning academically at or below NRS Level 4 and below. Adult Secondary Education (ASE) classes prepare adults who function academically at NRS Level 5 or above. Individuals eighteen years of age or older may enroll in classes at any time during the year.
Under special circumstances, persons 16 or 17 years of age may be enrolled in adult education programs if the following conditions are met:
- Score at least 535 in all three subjects on the TABE.
- Public School Waiver signed by counselor, principal, or superintendent of the local school district or Notarized Copy of Intent to Home School document.
- The student and the student’s parents, guardians, or persons in loco parentis meet with the Director or Coordinator to discuss the requirements of the local adult education program.
- The student, the student’s parents, guardians, or persons in loco parentis, and the Director or Coordinator of the adult education program agree in writing that the student will attend the requisite number of hours per week and maintain appropriate conduct as outlined in the local adult education program student handbook.
Our Adult Education Services:
Basic Skill Improvement
GED Preparation & Testing
College Prep Classes
English as a Second Language
Employability and Workplace Training
Integrated Education and Training-CNA and OSHA 10
Career Development Activities
Supportive Services through SNAP Employment and
Training and Temporary Assistance for Needy Services (TANF)
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Adult Education Locations
- GED & Fast Track GED
- Basic Skills & ESL
- Distance Education
- Accelerating Opportunity Program
- Career Development
In Arkansas, anyone who is 16 years or older, who are not enrolled or graduated from high school, and who meets the state requirements can earn an Arkansas High School Diploma by passing the official GED® test. The GED® test is computer-based and measures skills in four areas: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies, and Science. Instruction for this class is based on the student’s entry-level and their needs. The format for classes is Managed Enrolled and Open Entry/ Open Exit. We offer Fast Track versions of this class and are proud to say that our success rate is high for students wishing to enroll in this program. Our students graduate with SAU Tech each year in May and have a great graduation ceremony.
Fast Track GED® Classes
Our Fast Track GED classes are Managed Enrolled courses where students register and have start and end dates with a schedule to follow. This format offers group and individual instruction as well as an opportunity for Distance Learning. These classes work best for people who can commit to a schedule for a short period of time and are looking for success. Our Fast Track classes are scheduled to begin throughout the year and are designed for students to complete one or multiple GED® areas.
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
The TANF program provides funding for a wide variety of employment and training activities, supportive services, and benefits that will enable clients to get a job, keep a job, and improve their economic circumstances. Certified Career planners will assist students with goal setting, career exploration activities, and provide information on postsecondary education, internships, and short-term training opportunities.
- Must be a U.S. citizen as established using the list of acceptable documents and/or a combination of documents utilized with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Form I-9
- A resident of the state of Arkansas
- Must be the custodial or non-custodial parent of a child residing in the state of Arkansas that is under the age of 18 or a youth aging out of foster care that is between 16 and 24 years of age
Job Readiness Services
Employability Skills—Our Employability programs provide training to enable adult learners to become better informed and more highly skilled for the changing world of work. Instruction provides a comprehensive grounding in the knowledge and skills learners need to succeed in the workplace.
- WAGE™ is a work readiness program driven by business/industry and designed to ensure that unemployed and underemployed Arkansans have the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. Students can improve their basic academic skills, as well as learn job skills that prepare them for entry-level jobs through the WAGE™ program. Classes are held at all SAU Tech Adult Education locations, and we offer flexible scheduling to meet the needs of adult students.
- WAGE™ Certificates currently offered: Workforce Prep, Business Management and Administration, Education, and Training, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, and Manufacturing.
- Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)—The Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate is based upon the WorkKeys® assessments that demonstrate to employers that an individual possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st century jobs. Areas tested include Workplace Documents, Applied Math, and Graphic Literacy. Upon completion, the student will receive a state-issued certificate in Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum that is signed by the Governor of Arkansas. The CRC is recognized nationwide.
Mission: To provide adult learners with the mechanisms to improve and refine their academic skills, attain the General Education Development diploma, and the life skills that prepare the citizen for self- sufficiency and improvement in the quality of life.
Vision: SAU Tech Adult Education Centers endeavor to provide the highest quality adult education and literacy program to encourage learners to engage in a lifetime of inquiry and learning.
Adult Education Philosophy
All adults can learn.
All adults have the right to education that enhances their ability to effect positive change in their lives.
All adults have the right to obtain the life skills that they need to become self-sufficient, actively participating members of society.
All adults have the right to complete their education through the high school level.
Barbara Hamilton, Director
Denise Johnson, Lead Teacher/Coordinator-Columbia County
Markita Wilkins, Administrative Specialist/Data Entry Specialist-Ouachita County
Tonya Rice, SNAP E&T Coordinator
Kathy Wright, Instructor for Columbia County
Brandi Ricks, Instructor for Columbia County
Julie Brown, TANF Career Coach
Lisa Carpenter, Instructor for Ouachita County
Delicia Gaines, Intake/Testing Specialist-Ouachita County