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Adult Education FAQs

Will you be offering HiSet (used to be GED) prep classes?

We don’t have plans to at this time. However, we do plan to offer skills level courses in math and English.  

How long is each course?

All of our courses are self-paced.  This means that you can go quickly and finish a course sooner, but it also means that for material where you may struggle or if you need more time for personal reasons, you can go slower and finish the course at your own pace.

How much is the tuition?

The tuition is $110 for access to the course for 4 weeks (28 days).  If you need more time, then you may choose to extend for another 2 weeks (14 days) for $55 or for another 4 weeks (28 days) for $110 for an additional 4 weeks (28 days).  Since our courses are self-paced and you work on your own schedule, it is possible to finish a course in 4 weeks (28 days) and pay $110 for that course.

How does an online course work?

Adult Education students work at their own pace with support from VLACS instructors.  Instructors check in with students each week.   You will do all of your learning and submit assignments in our web-based Learning Management System.  This is also where your instructor will grade and provide feedback. The system is password protected and meets stringent privacy and security standards to protect users.

I have questions about courses, who should I contact?

If you have questions about enrollment, registration, or courses, you can send us a message through our Contact Us page. You may also contact us at (603) 778-2500 and the operator will direct you to the appropriate staff person.

Do you offer refunds if I decide that I cannot take the class at this time?

Yes.  For payments for a 4-week (28 days) access period, you may receive a 100% refund up to the date and time of activation in your course.  You may receive a 50% refund up to ten calendar days after activation in your course. There is no refund after 10 days.

For payments for the 2-week (14 days) access period (optional extensions after the first 4-week (28 days) period), you may receive a 100% refund up to the date and time that the two period begins. There is no refund after the 2-week (14 days) access period begins.

Please note that this applies to out of state tuition only.

Who can take the Adult Education VLACS courses?

    • Anyone can take VLACS Adult Education courses.
      • Adults living outside of NH who do not have a high school diploma can enroll in our diploma program, earn individual credits, or take our courses for enrichment.
      • NH residents 21 and over who do not have a high school diploma can enroll in our diploma program, earn individual credits, or take our courses for enrichment.  (NH residents under 21 who do not have a high school diploma are eligible for our regular high school program)
      • Any adult, anywhere who already has a high school diploma can take our courses for enrichment or individual credits.

 

What about students 18-21 who do not have a diploma and want to get one?

  • NH students who do not have a diploma and are 18-21 years of age are not Adult Education students.  These students can take courses in our traditional high school for credit or for a diploma.  Please speak with our guidance department (guidance@vlacs.org) about options.
  • All adults outside of NH who do not have a high school diploma are welcome to enroll.

What types of courses will you offer?

  • Our primary focus is on offering courses that build towards a high school diploma.  This means all of our courses will be available for credit and can be used as part of our diploma program. You can find the full view of our course offerings at our Learning Catalog.
  • Our plan is to continue opening up new courses so that we have a wide variety of options. Some courses will be the enrichment courses that you see at a typical adult education center (Creative Writing, Photography). Some courses focus on content that is required for high school graduation (Government, English, Algebra, etc..).
  • Check back frequently as we will be adding more courses regularly.

Can I earn my diploma from VLACS?

  • Yes!  You can enroll in our diploma program to and earn an Adult Ed diploma through VLACS.
  • You can also enroll in individual courses and transfer the credit to your local Adult Ed center.

Will you be offering the HiSet (used to be GED) test?

We don’t have plans to at this time.

Are there general guidelines for how long a course can take?

Sure. Generally, a 0.5 credit course can take about 18 weeks. A full, 1 credit course can take about 38 weeks.  However, all of our courses are self-paced and you work on your own schedule, so it is possible for you to complete a course in a much shorter time period.  Alternatively, if you need to slow down with your coursework, that is also possible.

How long will I have to complete a course?

All of our courses are self-paced which means that the timeline for course completion will be flexible to meet the needs of students. Typically, students will complete a 1-credit course in about 38 weeks or complete a 0.5-credit course in 19 weeks.  However, you can go quickly and finish a course sooner.  Our self-pacing also means that for material where may you struggle or if you need more time for personal reasons, you can go slower and finish the course at your own pace.

Can I work at my own pace?

Yes, VLACS students work at their own pace.  As an example, a strong math student may complete an Algebra course in 12 weeks, whereas a struggling Algebra student may take up to 38 weeks to complete the course.

How do I work with my instructor?

You will communicate with your instructor via email and have meetings in Google Hangouts, a free service that allows text and video chat.  Your instructor will email or text chat you each week to check in on your progress.  You can also make appointments with your instructor for more in-depth support.  

What credentials do VLACS instructors have?

All VLACS instructors are either New Hampshire certified or are in the certification process and deemed as highly qualified according to state standards. Administrators conduct a specialized, comprehensive hiring process for all instructors to ensure they are willing to accept and enjoy the unique and demanding challenges of online teaching.

Do I need to complete the entire course?

  • If you need high school credit you must complete the entire course with a passing grade of 85 and show that you have met each of the course competencies.
  • If you do not need high school credit and you are just interested in only certain topics within a course you may choose to just focus on those sections of the course.  Your instructor can help you find these topics within the course.

Is there an application fee?

There is an intake fee of $50.

Is there a graduation fee?

There is a graduation fee of $50.

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