Continuing Education Learning Center

Adult Education

The primary goal of the CELC is to make a significant impact on the literacy level of the greater-Jackson area workforce and thereby make a positive impact on the local, state and national economy.

The CELC is an innovative program for the delivery of tutorial/basic skills training; intermediate reading; GED preparation, occupational skills; conflict/anger management; financial management; teen pregnancy and parenting skills training to under-educated/underemployed adults 17 years of age and older.

  • Learners are assessed to determine reading levels and specific individual weaknesses in the content area.
  • They work at their own pace and follow prescribed individual education programs.
  • The participants enrolled in this program will be provided the following: (1) 100 hours of Basic and General Education preparation in the five subject areas of the GED Exam: writing, social studies, science, reading, and math.
  • (2) 50 hours of Workforce and Survival Skills training; self-knowledge; decision-making; labor market awareness; job applications; resume writing; interviewing and job keeping skills and Parenting Skills training.

The Continuing Education Learning Center (CELC) consists of the following programs:

  1. General Education Development (GED) and Basic Skills Training
  2. Parenting Skills

The Learning Center provides self-paced, individualized, computer-based instruction on an on-going basis. The CELC along with the School of Lifelong Learning academic and non-academic credit units act in concert to provide substantive development programs for e-City and other community development projects in literacy, workforce, and health.

Program Offerings

* Pre-GED Classes

* GED Preparation (Math, Social Studies, Science, Reading/Writing)

* Basic Skills Training

* Employment Skills Training/Parenting

* ACT Prep

Class Schedule

Classes are offered every 8 to 10 weeks.   Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m, closed for lunch 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.


* If you are 17 or 18 years of age, you will need a withdrawal form from the last school that you attended, along with a MS state ID and social security card.

* If you are 19 years of age or above, you will only need a MS state ID and social security card.

Questions & Answers

* How much does it cost to take GED classes?

The cost is free.

* How long will it take before I get my GED?

The program is self-paced and dependent upon the learning ability of the student.

* Can I register to take my GED test without taking classes? 

Yes, but it would be helpful to have at least 12 hours of class preparation before you take the test.

* How do I register for the test? 

Just go to to register, and you must have a valid email address. Also, you must have a debit/credit card to pay for

the test.

* What do I need to score to make a minimum passing score on each of the five tests, as well as a passing  average score overall?

There must be a minimum of 150 on each test with a total score of 600.

* What are the costs to take the GED test?

The cost for each test is $30 per subject (4 subject areas).

* Is there a graduation ceremony?

Yes, there is a graduation that takes place in June.

* Can I go to college with a GED?

Yes, the GED is equivalent to a high school diploma; therefore, it is recognized by colleges/universities, training schools and employers. You will have skills attainment, improved work skills and transitions into further academic/vocational training or employment.

* Study materials and sample questions are provided by the GED Testing Service at

Test Previews

Mailing Address:                                             Physical Address:                           

Box 17429                                                       1325 Hattiesburg Street

Jackson, MS 39217                                          Jackson, MS 39204



Dr. Carlos D. Wilson Interim Director of  School of Lifelong Learning 601.979.8895
Ms. Stephanie Payne ABE/GED Instructor 601.979.6891
Mrs. Marquita Shelby ABE/GED Instructor 601.979.3782