Pulaski Technical College operates the Saline County Adult Education Center at Benton offering General Educational Development (GED) preparation, basic skills, English as a Second Language (ESL), and computer literacy programs for residents of Saline County and the surrounding area. The center is located at 16936 Interstate 30 in Benton at Exit 117. All classes and tests are currently offered free of charge to the student.
Steps for Enrollment
Enrollment is offered on an open-entry/open-exit policy.
- Attend both days of the orientation/enrollment classes on Monday and Tuesday at either 1 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. Students must be age 18 or over to enroll. Students aged 16 or 17 can enroll under certain guidelines.
- Submit an Arkansas picture I.D. or driver's license for proof of identification and Social Security Card.
- Complete an enrollment test in two parts: the LOCATOR and Test of Adult Basic Education (T.A.B.E). The T.A.B.E will be scored by machine and a diagnostic of the studentís academic strengths and weaknesses will be printed. This diagnostic tool will be utilized for instructional purposes.
Once a student is enrolled, then he/she may receive one-on-one instruction from a certified teacher during our regular hours of operation. Classes are from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday. The student will be post-tested with the T.A.B.E after either 30 or 40 hours of classroom instruction (depending on the initial T.A.B.E. scores.)
The student must pass the Official G.E.D. Practice Test with a minimum score of 410 in each of the five areas on the test (writing, social studies, science, reading, and math) and overall average of 450 before he/she can take the Official G.E.D. Test. The G.E.D. Test is offered on Monday and Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Hours of Operation
8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday (except otherwise noted for holidays, school closings, and inclement weather. In case of inclement weather, Saline Country Adult Education Center closes with the Benton School District.) Office hours for full time staff are scheduled from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoons.
Pulaski Technical College offers a full tuition scholarship to each person who scores 600+ on the Official G.E.D. Test.
Our G.E.D. graduation ceremony is held the second Friday night in June at Pulaski Technical College South Campus.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Saline Country Adult Education Center is committed to the policy of providing equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate in employment, admissions, programs, or any other educational functions and services on the basis of sex, disability, age, race, national origin, color, or religion.
Saline Country Adult Education Center is committed to fulfilling all federal requirements as stated in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Accommodations are available to students who have documented disabilities. Students needing accommodations must document their needs by providing medical, educational, and/or psychological records. Students should provide sufficient notification of needs prior to enrollment. Failure to provide sufficient notification may result in a delay of services. Contact Doris Pierce, coordinator of disability services, at Pulaski Technical College for more information. Phone is (501) 812-2796 or click here.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a studentís educational records. Student educational records are considered confidential and may not be released to anyone other than the student without the written consent of the student; this includes the studentís parents and/or spouse.
Student Conduct, Discipline, Expulsion, Sexual Harassment, and Grievance Procedures
Saline County Adult Education Center will follow the policies and procedures as specified in the Pulaski Technical College Academic Catalog and/or Student Handbook regarding student conduct, discipline, expulsion, sexual harassment, and grievance procedures. The first point of contact for reporting sexual harassment and grievances is Yvonne Dougherty, director of the Saline Country Adult Education Center.
For questions pertaining to the Pulaski Technical College Saline County Adult Education Center, please contact the following::
Pulaski Technical College Saline County Adult Education Center
Benton, AR 72019
Fax (501) 778-0511
Pulaski Technical College
3000 West Scenic Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118
Phone: (501) 812-2200
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