North County adults who didn’t finish high school can earn their diploma through the MiraCosta College Community Learning Center — taking classes and exams for free.
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The college is hosting an open house from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 11) at the Learning Center, 1831 Mission Ave., Oceanside.
“We offer something for everybody seeking their GED — flexible times, online and face-to-face instruction, in a welcoming environment,” said Karen Keough, instructor with the center.
Funded through the California Adult Education Program, the Learning Center covers the cost of instruction, books, materials and the test itself. Classes are offered day and evening.
The course runs 16 weeks, but through its open enrollment, students can drop in at any point without waiting for the start of a new semester.
In addition to the GED program, MiraCosta College’s Adult High School program offers a high school diploma track at the Community Learning Center.
Day classes meet Monday through Thursday. Evening classes meet two nights a week. Students may take one course at a time, or up to five courses during the day and two courses at night.
After initial assessment and orientation, students meet with a counselor to select and enroll in classes. Students may enroll in classes each term, or they may take breaks as needed.
Learning Center counselors can help students assess what classes they need and how to navigate the program.
“We want to help those who have faced hurdles to overcome their fears,” Keough said. “After our students go through the program, we see an amazing transformation.”