GED And ESOL Classes Begin On Sept. 9

In today’s competitive job market, a high-school diploma is essential to attain educational and career goals. Passing the GED test and receiving a high-school diploma opens the door to new opportunities and a better future.

The current GED test is available on computer, as well as on paper and pencil. Results show that adults who take the computer version are scoring higher and finishing faster. Computer testing is done in person, on a computer, at an approved testing center at the School District of Palm Beach County.

Cost for the complete battery of computer-based tests is $130, while the cost for the complete battery of tests on paper and pencil is $70. Eligible students enrolled in School District of Palm Beach County GED classes can apply for a free GED test (either for the computer or paper and pencil version). The Palm Beach County Community Action Program will pay for students to take the GED test if they score at least 450 on the official practice test and if their income level meets certain eligibility criteria.

To find out if they meet all the qualifications and to apply for a free GED test, students can call or visit one of the following community action offices by Sept. 30.

• 810 Datura St., West Palm Beach, (561) 355-4792

• 610 SW 15th Ave., Delray Beach, (561) 278-8090

• 6415 Indiantown Road, Jupiter, (561) 694-5471

• 1440 MLK Blvd., Riviera Beach, (561) 845-4672

• 1699 Wingfield St., Lake Worth, (561) 694-5416

• 380 E. 5th St., Pahokee, (561) 924-7232

• 625 MLK Blvd., South Bay, (561) 996-6721

The Adult & Community Education Department (ACE) of the School District of Palm Beach County offers convenient GED classes online and at more than 30 locations. ACE also offers classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The Mandel Public Library in downtown West Palm Beach as a pilot site for GED classes.

“Our partnership with the Mandel Public Library will help us reach a mutual goal of providing lifelong learning opportunities to members of our community,” said Jane Bravo, manager of curriculum/special projects. “By working together, we will provide resources to ensure that students are successful in reaching their educational goals.”

In addition to providing classroom space and a computer lab, the Mandel Public Library will sponsor up to 24 GED students based on eligibility criteria.

“The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, as part of our expanding opportunities for lifelong learning, is pleased to be working with the Palm Beach County School District to offer the GED program,” Library Director Christopher T. Murray said.

Fall 2013 GED and ESOL classes will be held from Sept. 9 to Dec. 13. Registration begins Aug. 26. GED & ESOL classes are $30 for Florida residents and $120 for non-residents.

Information about GED and ESOL classes is available at or by calling (561) 649-6010.