PITTSBURG — Area residents will have an opportunity to learn and sign-up for the GED program at the Career Technical School Education Center on Friday.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. There will be food and a live radio remote on ESPN 100.7 FM.

The first 35 people who sign up or inquire about the GED classes will be given a free T-shirt.

Eastern Kansas Adult Education is a consortium that offers Adult Education Classes in Chanute, Ottawa, Independence, Parsons, Fort Scott and Pittsburg. The class is federally and state funded.

EKAE has an adult education class in the CTEC building, currently taught by GED Instructor Jamie Collier who has studied career tech education.

Collier has three class sessions available during different times of the day at 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. from Monday through Thursdays. Collier said he also makes time for tutoring on Fridays. One session last eight weeks — those who haven’t completed their GED will stay as new students will join each session.

The classes have a $30 session fee and students can take as long as they need to complete the course. The program will supply the students with the supplies they need.

Collier said the first session started a month ago and two students have already completed the class.

Collier said the class doesn’t just teach the students the things they need to complete their degree, it also helps them work out goals and talk about issues they are having.

“We see if there is anything we can do to help them,” he said. “We set some short term goals and anything they need to talk about — successes they’ve had or if they need more help in certain areas.”

He said he works around students’ schedules so they can have as much of an opportunity to learn despite work, babysitting or transportation issues they may run into.

The CTEC building also houses technical classes through Fort Scott Community College which the GED students will have an opportunity to learn about since the classes are all in the same building — these include welding, construction, HVAC, Masonry and auto tech programs.
“We can help them find out what to do next,” Collier said. “Some people don’t know where to look when they are done,”

“When they get their GED they don’t have to stop learning — they can roll right over [to the other classes].”
For information on the classes offered contact Gwen at 1-800-729-6222 ext. 276

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.