CANANDAIGUA — Finger Lakes Community College offers local residents age 17 and older free classes to prepare for the high school diploma equivalency exam.
The program once known as GED has been redesigned to meet the new Common Core standards adopted for K-12 schools. It is now called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC.
“The new Common Core standards have affected not only elementary and secondary schools but high school equivalency programs as well,” said Kathleen Guy, FLCC’s adult basic education coordinator. “There are differences in the new state exam, and this course can prepare students for those changes.”
For example, the TASC puts more emphasis on recall of factual materials. The new test also focuses on problem solving and requires students to show their work in mathematics.
TASC preparation classes are offered days and evenings in Canandaigua, Newark and Geneva. Day classes are also offered in Lyons and Penn Yan, and evening classes in Sodus, Wolcott and Victor. Some classes are at FLCC facilities; others are held at community organizations such as the Salvation Army in Canandaigua, the Yates County Workforce Development Office in Penn Yan and the North-Rose-Wolcott High School.
For the schedule, call (585) 785-1431 or 785-1544 or check the Adult Basic Education section of the FLCC website at www.flcc.edu/developmental.
TASC classes are also available in Spanish on Tuesday evenings at the FLCC Geneva Campus Center at 90 Pulteney St. and Thursday evenings at the Lyons Community Library at 122 Broad St.
Before beginning one of these programs, students must make an appointment to attend a three-hour orientation, which includes basic math and reading tests. Orientation sessions are offered in Canandaigua, Geneva, Lyons and Newark. To make an appointment, call (585) 785-1431 or 785-1544.