Academics & GED

Academic Assessments

The WTC academic department provides testing services for individuals with disabilities to help them discover their strengths and weaknesses in areas such as reading, math and writing skills or to assess their readiness for college. WTC has many assessment tools that can be tailored to best meet each individual’s needs. The results of these assessments can help consumers and their DORS counselors realistically plan for training programs and employment.

The academic department provides assessments to individuals with disabilities to assist in planning and training.​ Assessments offered include:

  • Academic Assessment – The Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) administered in a group or individualized setting identifies strengths and weaknesses in reading comprehension and math.
  • Individualized Assessments - For those individuals for whom the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is the recommended test for a specific institution's post-secondary program, the TABE may be requested to be administered for an individual assessment with appropriate accommodations. 
  • College Assessments – A variety of assessments provide information to individuals with disabilities and their DORS counselors about the individual’s potential to attend college. The ACCUPLACER test, used by community colleges, is one such assessment.

Pre-GED Program

The Pre-GED (General Education Development) program is for individuals with disabilities who need a high school diploma for their employment goals, but do not meet the academic requirements for the GED Program. Individuals who complete the Pre-GED program, may be recommended for the GED program.​

Pre-GED Program requirements:

  • Individuals should have at least 6th grade reading and math skills as recorded on the CASAS or TABE. 

GED Program

The General Education Development (GED)  program is for individuals with disabilities who need a high school diploma for their employment goals. Consumers work individually or in small groups and enter the program on a rolling admission basis. All GED students are expected to take the formal GED test upon completion.​

GED Program requirements:

  • Individuals should have at least 8th grade reading and math skills as recorded on the CASAS or TABE.​.
  • ​GED Ready Practice Tests may also be given. 

Academic Instruction

Self-paced individual instruction in subjects such as reading and math is available to all students enrolled in training programs at WTC.  Academic instruction is available to students who need to increase their academic skills before starting a training program.

Other academic instruction services include:

  • Learner’s permit instruction.
  • Study skills groups for office technology and automotive students.
  • Reading and math skills instruction as needed for Work Readiness program students.
  • Small group math instruction for food service, automotive and warehouse training students.

Virtual Assessment and Instruction

Virtual Assessment and Instruction is available, but is dependent on a consumer's access to required technology.
 
A young man sits at a computer as a woman instructor talks to him. Student, Joshua S. prepares for the GED Practice Test
  A man in a wheelchair sits in from of a classroom blackboard.
Consumer Ricky J. is taking an Academic Assessment to help with his career planning.
 
A young woman and a woman instructor sitting at a desk looking at papers.
Katie A. works with a WTC Academic Services Teacher