The Adult Education and Literacy Program at Texarkana College offers several classes and training opportunities for students. To begin each course, students are required to attend a mandatory orientation session that includes enrollment paperwork, program overview, and an assessment. Orientations are held every two weeks, and students must call to register or make an appointment for the session. Classes are free and operate managed and open enrollment, depending on the class location. Managed enrollment classes begin every eight weeks. Open enrollment classes allow students to begin class once they have completed the orientation session. The class format includes teacher led instruction, group work, individual work, and online work. Courses are offered year-round.
High School Equivalency Courses
Students who need to earn a Texas high school equivalency certificate (TxCHSE) can attend classes during morning, afternoon, or evening sessions. To be eligible for TxCHSE classes a student cannot be enrolled in high school. A sixteen-year-old must have a court order to attend classes. A seventeen or eighteen-year-old must have an official school withdrawal form and a parent/guardian permission in writing to attend enroll in classes.
Basic Skills Courses
Students who need to improve reading, writing, or math skills to enter an academic or workforce training program qualify for a basic skills course by testing below the twelfth-grade level in one of those areas. Students who need assistance with college or career placement exams, such as the TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education), TSI (Texas Success Initiative), TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills), or ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), can take the basic skills course to prepare for the examination. College students enroll in the Non-Course Based Option of the course: Math 0030 and/or English 0030. To qualify for the course, a student cannot be enrolled in high school. The rules that apply to TxCHSE students apply for sixteen-, seventeen-, and eighteen-year-olds.
English as a Second Language Courses
English language learners can attend class to improve reading and writing skills in English. Students in this program cannot be enrolled in high school. ESL classes offer basic to advanced English instruction, have a diverse population, and students have access to an online program for additional instruction outside of class.
Integrated Education and Training Courses
Students interested in an Allied Health Course, such as Certified Nurse Aide, Medical Billing and Coding, Clinical Medical Assistant, Medication Aide, Dental Assisting, Pharmacy Tech, Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Medical Administrative Assistant, can qualify for financial and academic support through the AEL Program. This program under AEL is called Integrated Education and Training (IET). Students attend the training classes for the Allied Health area, which is organized through Texarkana College’s Community and Business Program, and they also attend AEL classes to improve basic skills in reading, language, and math. The lessons are contextualized to assist with the Allied Health course. In addition, the students receive online workforce preparation training. These courses range from eight weeks to sixteen weeks in length, and the training with certifications can provide individuals with immediate job placement in the local healthcare industry. Students must complete an application, take an eight-hour TABE assessment in reading, math, and language, and sign a contract that obligates the students to four hours a week of AEL instructional time in addition to the Allied Health Course time.