Prepare for College, Prepare for Life
PCC is committed to the academic advancement of our community. The programs below provide a diverse set of pathways to reach your goals.
- Adult Basic Education (ABE): GED
Develop reading, writing, and math skills so you can prepare for and pass the GED State Exam, enter college, or training programs. The program offers classes in English at four main college campuses, two workforce training centers, online, in county jails and prisons and has family literacy programs in some public schools. The program also offers GED Preparation classes in Spanish at limited locations. If you are 16 or 17 years of age, release from high school is required in order to participate in our program.
- Developmental Education (DE)
- Prepare for PCC's college credit programs - and for your chosen career. Many students already enrolled in credit courses take developmental classes as needed to meet the requirements of their degree program. Courses include reading, writing and mathematics. Support services, including tutoring are also available. Financial aid funds can be used for most developmental education courses. Project DEgree is a new DE program at the PCC Southeast Center that offers an optional cohort approach to Development Education.
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Improves English communication skills of students for whom English is not their native language. Eight ESOL levels serve the needs of adult refugees, immigrants, permanent residents and U.S. citizens. Levels 4 - 8 also serve the needs of professional personnel working or training in the U.S., international students, and international visitors. Reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation are taught.
- Adult High School Diploma
- You may complete studies and earn a high school diploma at PCC if you are 16 years of age or older. Previous high school credits from an accredited institution will be evaluated and applied toward your diploma. You can also earn college credit while taking PCC classes to satisfy your remaining high school requirements. (For students under 16 years of age, refer to Under 16 Years of Age Admissions. For GED information, see Adult Basic Education.)
- Get a Head Start on College
- Whether currently enrolled in school or not, PCC offers many programs for high school age students. They can assist you in earning your high school diploma and getting a head start on college. Programs include high school completion, ESL, GED preparation and other programs for youth.
- Special Education Classes
Programs for special education students emphasizing independent living skills and training.