April 10, 2014


New Adult Education Learning Lab

A new, state-of-the-art learning lab has been developed for the Northeast Alabama Adult Education Program which is located at and managed by Northeast Alabama Community College. This new facility has equipped the adult education program with the technology and specifications needed to help adult learners prepare for the new 2014 GED® test. The GED® exam and testing facility were modified and modernized in order to give students the knowledge to succeed in the 21st century.

The adult education learning lab was paid for using an Adult Education One-Time Grant Award for over $60,000. This funding helped pay for computers, digital software, furniture, and security specifications for the GED® testing center.

“We are very excited to be able to offer our students the opportunity to work and learn in a state-of-the-art facility on our campus,” said Chad Gorham, Director of the Northeast Alabama Adult Education Program. “Not only has this grant award made our campus lab a reality, but it also allows us to equip our other off-campus sites with additional technology.”

Adult education students are able to utilize the lab to strengthen their academic skills through remedial software provided by the program. Students may also practice keyboarding skills, develop résumés, and explore career and college opportunities.

“Mr. Gorham and his staff have done a great job in obtaining the grant to support this new addition to the college,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “To assist with this program as well, Northeast has employed someone who will be solely devoted to GED® testing. We want to do everything that we can to provide the citizens of DeKalb, Jackson, and Marshall Counties with the opportunity to obtain their GED® if this is their goal.”

Furthermore, the new facility at Northeast Alabama Community College has enhanced and revolutionized the way the Adult Education Program delivers the GED® test. The 2014 GED® Test measures current standards for high school equivalency and is compliant with prevailing state and national standards. The new computer-based system offers online registration and scheduling 24/7, enhanced security, and instant score reports. The GED® test provides the framework to determine readiness for employment, workforce training programs, and post-secondary education.

The learning lab allows the Adult Education Program to have more flexibility in meeting the clients’ schedules and provides much needed technological resources, a more consistent test delivery, faster scoring and reporting, and greater test security. Test sessions can be scheduled at times when it is most convenient for the client. Additionally, the new facility is equipped with cameras and a digital check-in to increase security. There were several changes made to the test, and therefore, changes needed to be made to the testing center as well.

The new computer lab is home to Pearson VUE, the world’s leading test center network. Pearson VUE has over 5,000 test centers in 175 countries. In addition to the GED®, Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers provide on-site, on-demand testing for certification and professional licensure exams in IT, healthcare, and business fields. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers.

The GED® Testing Service will depend on Pearson VUE to apply innovative, high-stakes computer-based testing solutions which improves the performance, reliability and security of the testing program. This new facility has met the strict qualifications of both the GED® Testing Service and Pearson VUE.

According to Jonathon Nappier, the Chief GED® Examiner at Northeast, “The new learning lab is an incredible enhancement to NACC and the surrounding communities by integrating modernized testing, equipment, and instruction to help bridge the technology and skills gap between the unemployed or underemployed and their new career.”

For more information about the adult education learning lab or GED® testing, contact the Northeast Alabama Adult Education Program at 256-638-2957 or 256-228-0021 or

Student Leticia Jimenez is shown in the new lab with Chad Gorham, Director of Adult Education, and Jonathon Nappier, GED® Chief Examiner & College/Adult Education Liaison.