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ABE & GED Orientation

Orientation is a series of that must be completed in order to be admitted into either the ABE or GED program.
Students who are interested in either the ABE or GED program are required to attend two orientation classes.  The orientation classes are intended to teach basic skills needed to succeed in the ABE and GED programs as well as, through assessment testing, place students in the program that will be most beneficial to their educational career.

Read the Navigation Station article, ”ABE vs. GED vs. Pre-Curriculum Developmental Courses,” to learn more about the ABE program, the GED program and other developmental opportunities.

What is orientation?

Orientation is a series of courses that must be completed in order to be admitted into either the ABE or GED program.

The classes will teach basic skills, including

  • Learning styles – what is the best way for you to learn;
  • How to study – techniques that will help the student learn and retain subject matter;
  • How to take notes;
  • How to take tests – preparing the student for their official GED Exam;
  • Career assessment – looking at the students’ strengths and weaknesses to help identify a successful career path; and
  • Re-introducing the student to the classroom.

Orientation also includes assessment testing, which will determine in which program and at what level the student will begin.

Who can attend orientation?

Age Requirements

  • Incoming students must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
  • Minors — age 16 or 17 — may enroll if space is available and if they have received the dean’s approval. A pre-college studies minor application may be obtained at the Navigation Station or by contacting the pre-college studies office.

Reserve a Seat

Interested students must reserve a seat at orientation to ensure that space will be available. To reserve a seat contact the pre-college studies office at 704-216-3510 or complete the online Pre-College Studies registration form for GED Orientation or College & Career Readiness.

Bring Identification & Supplies

In order to attend orientation, students must present a valid picture ID and know their social security number. Students should also bring paper, pens and pencils.

When is orientation?

North Campus

Class One

AM and PM Classes rotate every other week

  • Tuesdays
  • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • North Campus in Salisbury, NC
  • Building 400 – Room 4226

Class Two

  • Wednesdays
  • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • North Campus in Salisbury, NC
  • Building 400 – Room 4226

South Campus

Class One

AM and PM Classes rotate every other week

  • Tuesdays
  • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • South Campus in Concord, NC
  • AM Class: Building 1000 – Room 103A
  • PM Class: Building 3000 – Room 3271

Class Two

  • Wednesdays
  • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • South Campus in Concord, NC
  • AM Class: Building 1000 – Room 103A
  • PM Class: Building 3000 – Room 3271