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  • Las Artes accepting students for Feb. 26 GED program session

    Feb 03, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Las Artes Arts & Education Center is still accepting students for the GED program session that begins Thursday, Feb. 26. Young people ages 17-21 must complete an application and take a basic assessment to determine placement level.

    Las Artes will be accepting and assessing students for placement through the first week of the session. Las Artes has successfully prepared students for the new GED test in as little as 16 weeks.

    The GED test was recently revamped for the first time since 2002. The math section is tougher. The science and social studies sections require more problem solving. And students must take the test on computers instead of with pencils and paper.

    Las Artes combines structured classroom study with community art projects to prepare students for the general education development tests and build employability skills. Their murals, ceramic tiles and other artwork can be seen across Pima County.

    Students receive support with a variety of issues ranging from language barriers, anger management, legal intervention or child care. Qualified case managers coach and counsel student to overcome issues that keep them from succeeding in the classroom.

    Las Artes also pays students a weekly incentive to offset the cost of transportation, clothing and school supplies.

    Las Artes graduates make a positive transition to the workplace and have greater opportunities for sustainable employment.

    More than 500 Las Artes students have obtained their GEDs since the program began nearly 20 years ago. For more information, please contact Elena West at 520-724-5053 or Elena.West@pima.gov, or visit Las Artes online.