GED, Adult Basic Education and Job Readiness Training

Program description

Ascend Center for Learning serves ages 17 and over including seniors, people with disabilities, the homeless and employees of other agencies.  We offer several programs that help adults prepare for the workplace and/or for college. Potential participants come to an orientation session on Thursdays at 10:30am or 6:00pm to learn about the programs and to take an initial test. Then a longer test, the TABE, is taken shortly thereafter and the potential participant is placed on one of our programs. The programs include Adult Basic Education, GED to Work, and GED to College. (please add links to each program description below.) Some participants come to the center from the Veteran’s Affairs office and some through the Worksource REM program. Participants must meet income eligibility requirements and thus are not charged for the programs.

The GED to Work Program is for potential participants who are interested in attaining a GED for better employment prospects. Potential participants must score higher that 7th grade in math and 9th grade in English on the TABE test and be 18 years of age and older. This program provides the assistance needed to successfully complete the GED exams. Participants also complete the Job Readiness Program detailed below.

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program is for people who score between the 3rd grade and 8th grade levels on the TABE test. These classes focus on Reading and Math. They are held at the Booker T Washington Terrace location and are held Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:00pm. Students who complete the ABE program are eligible to start the GED preparation classes.

Job Readiness Training includes learning a variety of skills and strategies to obtain and retain employment as well as computer literacy. Classes Include Business Communications, Computer Literacy, Job Search Skills, Business Math, Resume Writing, and Interviewing Skills. A full-time Career Development Specialist is on staff and will assist each participant with finding permanent employment at a livable wage.

Computer Literacy is provided for those who are interested in brushing up on their computer skills or establishing new computer skills. Basic Instruction Includes:

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access)
Windows
Internet Basics
Email
Basic Word Processing/Keyboarding
File Sharing

Cost: 
Free
Hours: 
Days, Evenings
Service area: 
We are located in east central Austin and serve Austin/Travis County
Clientele served: 
Disabled, Homeless, Adults, Seniors, Agencies/Organizations
Calendar: 
Year round, School year, Summer, School breaks
Restrictions: 
Adults only
Required documents: 
Documents required
Languages served: 
English
Child care available: 
No childcare available
Assistive technology: 
No assistive technology

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Location

Ascend Center for Learning

1640 B East 2nd Street, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78702
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Free parking: 
Yes
Public transit: 
Within 1 block
Special directions: 
The main entrance is accessible.. 17 and 320 busline. 2 story brick building with a red roof that is at East 2nd and Chalmers.