Adult Education Open House Focuses on
Students and Staff


March 13, 2013

Fitzgerald, GA—Wiregrass Georgia Technical College’s Ben Hill-Irwin Campus held an open house for the new Adult Education and GED Testing Center locations. The Adult Education classes and offices were recently moved from their Pine Street location to the college’s Ben Hill-Irwin Campus. The reason for the move was to provide more space for classes, and to give adult education students greater access to college activities, events, and resources. There are currently about 85 students enrolled in adult education classes on the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus.

The open house was held on March 11 and showcased the recently renovated areas that include multiple classrooms and a new computer lab as well as instructor offices. Provost Lisa Tomberlin thanked the staff and the students for the work that they put into the move. Director of Adult Education Services Sylvia Lockett also thanked administration and maintenance for all the work they did to make the move a success.

Katrina Royal, GED® testing coordinator, talked with a classroom full of new adult education students on the importance of completing all parts of the test before December 2013. The current version of the GED® test will expire in 2014 and students who have taken parts of the exam will lose those results if they do not complete all tests prior to 2014. In addition Mrs. Royal explained the new computer based version of the test that is currently available. In 2014, all tests will be computer based so students wishing to take the paper version are encouraged to do so before December.

Wiregrass provides free adult education services to the community. These services include adult basic education classes, English as a Second Language classes, and GED preparation courses. The Ben Hill-Irwin Campus is an authorized GED® Testing location. The paper version and new computer based version are currently being offered. The GED® tests are $160 for the set or $32 per test. The current version of the test and the paper version of the test will expire in December of 2013 as a new computer based version is rolled out nationwide. For information on Adult Education programs please call 229-423-8200. For information on GED testing, please call 229-219-1235.

Alvin Payton, Warren Manley, Sylvia LockettVice President for Adult Education Service Alvin Payton; Wiregrass Board Member and CEO of Dorminey Medical Center, Warren Manley; and Director for Adult Education Services Sylvia Lockett

Mayor Mark Massee
Fitzgerald Mayor Mark Massee speaks to a room of adult education students about why getting a GED is so important for them and for the community.