Wake Tech officials may bring the high school equivalency diploma program back to the Eastern Wake Education Center, just months after it was put on pause at the Zebulon site.
But Wake Tech insists enough people in the community must show interest and commit to the High School Credential Program, formerly called the GED program, for it to be reinstated.
“We had to re-evaluate the need in each region because there were locations where there were too few students to offer the program,” said Lee Moose, director of Wake Tech’s HCP program. For that reason, Moose said the program was not offered at the local campus this spring semester.
There’s been an increased interest, however, since the HCP program was last held in Zebulon in the fall 2013 semester.
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Pamela Little, dean of the Eastern Wake Educational Center, said at least 35 walk-ins have requested the program since November last year.
“That’s a pretty good number to start off with,” Little said. “With the interest from the community and their commitment to complete the program and adhering to what is required of them, I don’t see any reason we could not have the program here.”
All signs indicate Wake Tech will take inventory of prospective students by holding mid-summer informational sessions at the Zebulon site. If enough interest is shown, educational assessments would follow and classes could begin as soon as the fall semester.
“It all depends on the commitment and the need, and the educational assessments will determine what types of classes we bring out there,” Moose said. “A timetable will depend on what we gather from the informational sessions. Then we’ll talk about potentially starting a class.”
Moose said “very hypothetically,” class times being considered are Monday through Thursday, from 6-9:30 p.m.
“But that’s what we’re holding the informational sessions for,” he said. “Students will be letting us know what their needs are.”
Wake Tech representatives met with Kim Valentine, executive director of the Zebulon Chamber of Commerce, in late February to discuss advertising the possible return of the program. She said she emphasized the value of offering the program at a convenient place for local residents.
“What’s the point of having this campus and then having people still go to (Wake Tech locations in) Raleigh?” Valentine said. “That’s what I told them and I think they kind of had it in their minds, but hearing it from (Little) and hearing it from me I think kind of made it stick a little bit.”
Little also acknowledged not everyone has the means to travel to campuses in Raleigh. She hopes enough people will lock into the program and take advantage of her facility, which consists of a computer lab and four classrooms.
“(Travel) is a hardship, so I would love to be able to hold this program at this location,” Little said. “I really want to serve this community because it’s a close-knit community.”