Adult Education

What is GED? GED stands for General Educational Development.

You may have heard people refer to the GED as the General Educational Diploma or the General Equivalency Diploma, but these are incorrect. GED is actually the process of earning the equivalent of your high school diploma, which is called a GED certificate or credential.

Who is eligible to take the GED Tests?
The GED Testing Service suggests that you may take the GED Tests if:
- You are not enrolled in high school - You have not graduated from high school - You are at least age 17 - You have been officially released from your school
If you are considering leaving high school, we suggest that you first meet with your high school counselor to talk seriously about you decision and the level of academic skill needed to pass the GED tests.
May I take the GED Test if I have a high school diploma from another country? Yes. Persons whose high school diploma is from an unaccredited high school are eligible to take the GED test s if they meet all other requirements of South Carolina.
Do I need a Social Security Number to take the GED? No. You would not require a social security number to take the GED tests. However, you would need two forms of ID to take the exam.
May I take the GED test if I am not a U.S. Citizen? Yes. You can take the GED test even if you are not a U.S. Citizen.

GED/Pre-GED classes are available at the Upstate Family Resource Center
Daytime Classes: Monday through Thursday, 8:30am - 12:30pm.
Evening Classes: Monday and Thursday, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

In-takes and assessments:
Daytime GED/Pre-GED class: first and third Wednesday of every month (during the school year) at 8:30 am.
Evening GED/Pre-GED class: Mondays at 5:00pm

Registration Fee for either class: $25

For more information, contact:
Libby Evatt, Adult Education Coordinator
Angie Duncan, Adult Education Instructor
864-578-1379 ext 1611
Spartanburg County Adult Education

The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program at UFRC offers a four day, 3 hr. class with group and individual instruction by a certified teacher and volunteers in speaking, reading, and writing English (including grammar) for speakers of other languages. Students can work on improving their conversational English, prepare for the U.S. Citizenship test, prepare to qualify to enter GED classes or college, or learn to better understand the vocabulary used by public school teachers.

Note: All students under 18 years of age must have a school release form.

New students are accepted throughout the year.
Register between 12 and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Classes are Monday through Thursday, 9:00am - 12:00am Registration Fee: $25

For more information, contact:

Deb Schumann, ESOL Instructor 864-578-6013, ext 1614
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Spartanburg County Adult Education

Below are a few letters written by students who completed their GED...

The UFRC has been a blessing to me. I believe the best decision I have ever made in my life [was] coming here. [Previous to taking my GED] I dropped out of school my senior year because I had a baby. I knew I had to do something to change me and my son's lives. The UFRC really helped me out. Now i am [preparing] to get my GED... and will be starting college to become a Radiologic Technician. I am proud of [what I accomplished] and know my son will one day thank me for it. I really appriciate all the help from my teachers and career coach. Thanks to the UFRC I have the education i needed to turn my life around and make something of myself.

The GED program has helped me in many ways. It has helped me to be more confident in myself, taught me it is never too late to better myself, and most importantly, it has given me the ability to open more doors for my future.

The GED program at UFRC has given me confidence because it has shown me I have the ability, I just needed the desire. The GED program at UFRC helped me better myself by providing me the skills needed to do so. The program gave me the confidence I needed and gave me the opportunity to further my education.

UFRC has helped open doors for my future by helping me get my GED. While attending the program, I have been encouraged to further my education after achieving my GED.

The GED program is AMAZING!

The Adult Education program at the Upstate Family Resource Center put me on the path to success. The GED classes they offer provided me the tools to achieve my goals and pass the GED exam. The encouragement and support I received from the GED teachers reminded me that when the world tells me, “No, you can’t,” I can say, “Oh, yes I can-watch me!”

The education I received was fantastic. It helped me prepare for the GED exams with as much time as needed and as much material as needed. The education also has helped me prepare for the community college placement exams.

I am very grateful that we have this program in our community. This program gives an opportunity to individuals who are not able to complete regular high school and it is provided at no cost. I believe this program will empower and influence other people as it did to me. I got a second chance at a diploma and that gave me the power and ability to attend college and advance my life to establish a career and a future.