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Adult Education


Na
ncy Seely, Adult Education Supervisor
3001 Knoxville Center Drive, Suite 2299, Knoxville, TN 37924 (865) 525-4962 or (865) 525-4983 





Registration is open for Knox County Adult Education program

Registration is now open for classes in the Knox County Schools Adult Education Program. Students wishing to enroll should call 865-525-4962 or 865-525-4983 to schedule an appointment to complete the orientation and assessment process. Classes are held at the Knoxville Center Mall upstairs near JC Penney, West Park Baptist Church, Autumn Landing, and Friends of Literacy.

Classes in the Adult Education Program are open to anyone 17 years and older. Students progress at their own pace through the program in classes geared to their educational needs to obtain a High School Equivalency Diploma (H.S.E) and be prepared for further education, if desired.

English Language Learners (ELL) will continue to have classes at Fountain City United Methodist Church and Cokesbury Center on Kingston Pike.

The program is funded through the Knox County Schools and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and is free of charge for students.

Visit Knox County Schools Adult Education on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/KnoxCountySchoolsAdultEducation

Important Update regarding High School Eqivalency Diploma


Beginning January 1, 2014 adult students wishing to complete a High School Equivalency Diploma will have the option to either take the new GED® Test or the HiSET® Test. Both testing options have been approved to qualify for a H.S.E. Diploma in TN, which will be issued by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Adult Education.

Beginning in January, the cost of the GED® test will be $75 after a $45 state voucher and the HiSET® test will be $75.00.


All About Adult Education
The Knox County Schools Adult Education program offers instruction in Basic Skills, High School Equivalency Preparation, and English Language Learner classes (ELL) for non-native speakers of English.

Mission: The mission of Knox County Schools Adult Education is:
  • to work with students to help them reach their educational goals.
  • to teach students how to educate themselves so when they complete the program they are equipped to be independent life-long learners.
Who can attend?

Adult Education is open to anyone 17 years or older.


A student who is 17 years old will require a release of compulsory form from the last school attended and an age waiver which must be approved by the school board and Superintendent Dr. James McIntyre. The Knox County Adult Testing Center located at Lincoln Park Technology and Trade Center will help facilitate this process. Students who are 18 years old must have officially withdrawn from the last school attended before attending Adult Education.

What does it cost?

There are not any fees for materials and instruction. Adult Education classes are funded and supported by Knox County Schools and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

All of our teachers are board certified and able to teach any subject. Students will work in a classroom environment with both large and small group instruction. Students progress at their own pace and move through the program in classes geared to their educational needs. Our goal is to provide students with the best possible instruction to be successful in obtaining an H.S.E. Diploma and continuing their education, if desired. Realizing that students have many responsibilities Adult Education teachers make every effort to maximize time in the classroom.


How to Register

Registration begins with Orientation which is held twice each week to accommodate people with various schedules. The times scheduled for Orientation are as follows:

Two days
(Both Days Required)
Monday & Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m.
Two evenings (Both Nights Required)
Monday & Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.

Call 525-4962 or 525-4983 to sign-up for Orientation. All students must attend Orientation before beginning classes if they have not attended classes for 90 days.

Late arrivals will not be allowed to enter the classroom and will need to call the office to reschedule.

Adult Education Class Schedule

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday

Fast Track Class
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday

West Park Baptist Church (after completing orientation)
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday

Autumn Landing
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Monday & Wednesday

Friends of Literacy (after completing orientation)
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday

When is graduation?

A Graduation Ceremony is held once a year for all who obtain their H.S.E. Diploma through Knox County Schools Adult Education. It is a full cap and gown ceremony and students may invite friends and family members to attend. We promise to make it a very special event in your life. If your address has changed since you last attended, please call the office and let us know.

Students who attended the May 2013 graduation ceremony may come to the office to pick up their free copy of the ceremony on DVD.

The graduation ceremony for Knox County Schools Adult Education will be held on May 22, 2014 at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church at 6:00 pm. Students should arrive by 4:30 pm to be fitted for their cap and gown.

Please be aware that in order to achieve a H.S.E. Diploma in the State of Tennessee you must take a Practice Test. The Practice Test is the same difficulty as the real H.S.E. tests but half the amount of questions and half the time. Once you have completed this you will be given a transcript which is required to sign up for the real test. Be aware that the only way you can get a H.S.E. Diploma in the State of Tennessee is to be tested at an Official State Testing Center. If you are attempting to obtain a H.S.E. at any other institution make sure it is accredited.


English Language Learners (formerly ESOL/ESL)


ELL Registration at Fountain City United Methodist Church, 212 Hotel Road, is held every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in room 112. Enter the church at the corner of Fountain Road and Church Street. Registration at Cokesbury Center on Kingston Pike is held every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Students coming to register must provide their mailing address, phone number, and a secondary contact name with phone number.

Late arrivals will not be allowed to enter the classroom and will need to return the following week.

English Language Learners Class Schedule at Fountain City Methodist Church

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday

English Language Learners Class Schedule at Cokesbury Center

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Monday & Wednesday


This project is funded under an agreement with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Equal Opportunity employment/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Knox County Schools Adult Education does not discriminate in employment or admission on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service.


GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.


TOEIC® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS). This product is not endorsed or approved by ETS.
Department Web Pages
Knox County Schools Testing Center
Adult Education Announcements
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A Proclamation to Gretchen Wilson

County Mayor Mike Ragsdale and City Mayor Bill Haslam proclaimed Dec. 17 "Gretchen Wilson Day" in honor of her support and effort on behalf of Adult Education across the state of Tennessee.

Wilson, a Grammy Award-winning country music singer and recent GED« (General Education Development) graduate in town for a concert that day, was presented a proclamation stating "it is the goal of Knox County Schools Adult Education and Knox County governing bodies to enroll citizens without high school diplomas in GED« programs."

Adult education classes, which include GED« and ELL (English Language Learners) are offered at the Knoxville Center Mall. Classes are taught by licensed instructors who help individuals earn their HSE Diploma, gain employment skills and brush up on their basic academic skills. All classes are free and available to students year-round.

The Adult Education program is funded by Knox County Schools and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. For more information, call the Adult Education Office at 865-525-4962.
Department Contacts
+ Inman, Laura, Data Entry
+ Marsee, Connie, Secretary
+ Miller, Loretta, Coordinator
+ Seely, Nancy, Supervisor
+ Williams, Rebecca, Data Entry/Testing
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