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This Bishop State Adult Education Program allows students to take the General Educational Development (GED) Ready Practice Tests at absolutely no cost.

If the practice tests are passed with a score of 145 or better in each subject, students can take the actual GED test for free! Those who score less will need to enroll in the Adult Program for 15 hours of remediation, but once completed they are allowed to retake the GED practice tests, giving them another chance to receive the free voucher.

Adult Education / GED

The Bishop State Community College Adult Education Program offers traditional GED preparation classes at 21 locations in its service area of Mobile and Washington County. The goal of these classes is to prepare students for the official Pearson Vue’s GED Tests, which is a nationally recognized assessment that gives people from all walks of life an opportunity to finish certifying their high school education. Passing the test shows that they have demonstrated the skills taught to them in a standard high school setting, such as communication, information processing, problem-solving, and critical thinking. The Bishop State program can help students prepare for the GED tests through instruction in the various academic subjects the GED test will require them to understand, including mathematics, language, and reading.

* If you pass the “GED Ready” practice tests with a score of 145 or higher, you may be eligible to take your GED for free!

English Language Acquisition

The Bishop State Adult Education Program is committed to serving students with limited English proficiency by developing their oral and reading skills through our Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) classes. In addition to English skills, students enrolled in IELCE classes will be taught the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, as well as be given workforce training.

English Language Acquisition (formerly referred to as ESL) is the instruction that helps people with limited English proficiency to achieve a higher level of fluency with the language, giving them a better capability to pass the U.S. citizenship and GED tests, and helping them to work on job-seeking skills. IELCE classes will also address global topics such as human rights and environmental issues, as well as topics having to do with the government, such as the Bill of Rights and the three branches of government.

Career Pathways

The Bishop State Adult Education Career Pathway program is a series of education programs that support students in advancing their employability skills over time, even while they’re already working. This will help them to secure better jobs as well as obtain a higher level of education and training, as each step in the Career Pathway program is designed to prepare students to progress to the next level in their employment and/or education. The Pathways are designed to create avenues for advancement for the underemployed, unemployed, incumbent workers, and labor market entrants, as well as produce a steady supply of qualified workers for employers.

High School Diploma Option Program (HSDO)

The HSDO Program is designed for public school students who have dropped out of high school or students who have completed all the requirements for graduation but were unable to pass the Alabama High School Graduation Examination. You must be at least 19 years old to participate in this program.


The Ready to Work curriculum is set to standards cited by business and industry employers throughout the state, and the skills cited in the U. S. Department of Labor’s Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Reports. The curriculum is delivered through both online and classroom instruction.

Upon successful completion of the program and earning 70 percent or higher on comprehensive assessments, graduates will receive the Alabama Certified Worker (ACW) Certificate, issued by AIDT, and the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), issued by ACT.

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