Thorsby hosting free GED classes

Published 12:50 pm Thursday, March 4, 2010

By Scott Mims

The town of Thorsby is partnering with Wallace Community College-Selma to host free GED classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. at Helen Jenkins Chapel.

Those who are interested may also study for their GED online at the Thorsby Public Library or from their home computer.

The classes, which are conducted by the WCCS Adult Education Program, began March 2. People may join the class anytime.

“Maplesville is already doing that, and we had heard a lot of positive things about the program,” Thorsby Mayor Dearl Hilyer said. “We just thought it would be something positive for our end of the county.”

A GED, or General Education Diploma, is equivalent to a high school-level education. To obtain a GED, one must pass a group of core subject tests.

Free classes are also offered at the Maplesville Depot on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m., and in a building behind Martin Funeral Home in Clanton Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon and from 5-8 p.m.

Those who wish to take classes in Clanton must attend orientation, which is held the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. and again at 6 p.m.

“We’re grateful to the people in each of those communities,” said Lula Snowden, Adult Education Director for WCCS. “We’re so thankful for the city of Thorsby. Mayor Hilyer has helped us tremendously getting the class started there.”

For more information about GED classes in Thorsby and Maplesville, call (334) 876-9369. For more information about Clanton classes, call 280-8484.