Did you know High School Completion Rates are at the highest they’ve ever been in American history? According to 2000 U.S. Census, 90% of citizens age 25 and up have graduated with a High School Diploma or GED. Having a high school degree opens up so many doors, putting you in a better financial position than your counterparts without this degree. Unfortunately, at L.E.A.P. we know that life can often get in the way of our goals. Unforeseen circumstances at home can prevent you from completing you high school education.
What is TASC and how do I sign up?
Our TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) Program, formerly known as the GED program helps students between the ages of 16 and 24 who have dropped out of high school. Enrolling in our class is as easy as following this link to our online application or by making a visit to the Career and Family Services Office located in the Washington County Municipal Building. You’ll need to bring some information with you like your social security number and birth certificate. If you don’t have these items, come in and we will help you get them. We will also need to make sure you are a Washington County Resident.
What happens after I apply?
After you apply, you’ll be interviewed by our Youth Employment Counselor, Rachel. She will explain more about the program to you and answer any of your questions. If you’re on the older side and more mature than some of our other students, she may direct you to TASC classes for adults in Glens Falls. No matter where you go for your classes though, you are always able to utilize any of our other services. L.E.A.P’s Youth TASC classes run September – June, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am -12pm. This program focuses on your desire to learn, which means we put the responsibility of attending classes and doing the work on you. Classes are different every day; we don’t want any students getting bored or burnt out. Students who put in the time and effort will be rewarded, usually by completing the class quicker and passing the tests. If our class is full then you will be placed on a waitlist. As soon as a student tests out, the next student on the waitlist can begin class.
How does it work?
As a new student you will be tested so our teacher knows where your strengths and weaknesses lie. If you had testing accommodations in High School, just let us know and we will make the same accommodations here. Classes will focus on the five core subjects: Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Math, and Science. School supplies are included for each student. We can also help with transportation or other issues that may prevent you from coming to class. Once you’re enrolled and learning, don’t worry about when you will start to test out of the program. Our teacher pays close attention to her students (that’s why we like having only 10 students in a class) and let you know when she believes you’re ready to take your first exam. Exams are given 4 times per year and you can take them as many times as you need to pass. If you pass a portion of the subjects you will only be re-tested on the remaining subjects you did not pass. Re-tests cannot be taken until 60 days after the failed exams. If June comes around but you have not completed all your testing, you are automatically re-enrolled for the following school year.
What happens after you pass?
Congratulations! This doesn’t mean we send you out into the world with no more guidance. L.E.A.P. has a lot of programs for you once you’ve graduated. If you’re looking for a job, you can work with one of our employment counselors on your resume, interview skills, and learn how to search for jobs. Did we mention all of this can be scheduled at your convenience and will be in a one-on-one setting? We also have services to help you continue learning. If you have an idea about what you’d like to do once you graduate but you need additional training, our employment counselors can help. We also have computers, a fax machine, printer, and job postings right here in the Career and Family Services Office.
Our Employment Counselors want to see all our TASC students succeed. In fact, one of our TASC success stories told us she knew Rachel was here for her throughout the program. Now as a L.E.A.P. employee she is working on planning out her next move. In the meantime, she is bringing her friends in to get help finding jobs too!