Adult Education

Welcome to our Columbia Career and Adult Education Information Webpage!
Whether you are interested in preparing for adult education or college classes, the GED® 2014 test or just want to better your math, language arts (reading and writing), science, social studies, or language abilities for work or home, we are here to help with:

  • Day and evening classes,
  • Experienced, trained, and knowledgeable instructors,
  • Access to FREE computer-based education programs to supplement your classroom experience, as well as
  • Assistance in setting personal educational goals and staying on track!

Services provided by Columbia County's Adult Education Program afford individuals opportunities to earn a General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency diploma, earn an adult high school diploma, improve academic skills required for work, technical training, or college, and improve English literacy skills.

What is the GED? | GED Testing Schedule | TABE
ESOL | Additional Resources

Adult Education

Tuition and Fees

As required by Senate Bill 2150, there is a tuition charge for Adult Education. This includes Adult High School, ABE, GED, skill remediation, college preparatory, and English as Second Language. The cost will cover all classes during a semester (Term)-$30 per term for Florida residents and $120 per term for non-Florida residents. Enrollees new to adult education will be required to prove residency for tuition purposes (s. 1009.21, F. S.).

All adult enrollees new to Career and Adult Education (CAE) will be asked to produce two documents that establish their residency. One of those documents must include: a Florida voter registration card, a Florida driver license, vehicle registration or state identification card, a homestead exemption or other proof of a permanent home in Florida; transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years if the Florida high school diploma or GED was earned within the last 12 months, or proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida for at least 30 hours per week for a 12-month period.

Students planning to enroll at satellite sites within the community are asked to pre-register at the Career and Adult Education Center located at 409 SW Saint Johns Street. Please contact the CAE office for additional information at 386-755-8190.

Proof of Florida Residency and Fees are due prior to beginning adult education classes. Fees may be paid via cash, cashier's check, or money order and are nonrefundable. Please review helpful guides below.

Programs and Locations

Equivalency (Preparation for GED)

  • Adult Center, Lake City - Day/Afternoon
  • Adult Center, Lake City - Evening
  • Fort White High School - Evening
  • Meridian Behavioral Healthcare - Day

Adult Basic Education (Improving Reading and Math)

  • Adult Center, Lake City - Day
  • Adult Center, Lake City - Evening
  • Fort White High School - Evening
  • Meridian Behavioral Healthcare - Day
  • CARC: Advocates for Citizens with Disabilities, Inc. - Day

College Preparatory Courses / Remediation

  • Adult Center, Lake City - Day

High School Credit (Leading to Adult Diploma)

  • Columbia High School, Lake City - Evening

ESOL (English as a Second Language)

  • Adult Center, Lake City - Day

Adult Education

What is the GED?

Why do I need the GED® 2014?

Right now in the United States, not enough people have the required skills or knowledge to fill available jobs. 4 million available jobs, in fact. The GED® test can help solve this economic need by opening the doors for millions of adult learners to college courses, apprenticeships and job training-the pathway adults need to gain skills and knowledge, fill these jobs, and care for their families.

What's New?
The GED® 2014 will focus on critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • You can register, schedule, and pay for only those parts of the test you are ready to take.
  • It is aligned with current high school standards (including grade 12 standards) and career- and college-readiness expectations. When you pass the test, you demonstrate you have met rigorous standards of high school completion and college and career readiness.
  • The GED® 2014 is delivered exclusively on an approved test center computer; this provides a consistent testing experience nationwide and improved passing rates. The test is NOT online. You will continue to take the test in-person.
  • Offers two score levels:
    • GED® Passing Score: at or higher than the minimum needed to demonstrate high school equivalency-level skills and abilities
    • GED® Passing Score with Honors: at or higher than the minimum needed to demonstrate career- and college-readiness
  • There are only FOUR content areas:
  • The GED® 2014 score report provides detailed personalized feedback on specific skills that can be improved for a higher score, and includes targeted study recommendations.
  • With the GED® 2014, you may decide to schedule, pay, and take only one module at a time. You do NOT have to take all subjects before you can re-take an area.
  • In Florida, the GED® 2014 is given in English, Spanish, and French.
  • Paper testing is only available as an accommodation.

Am I eligible to take the GED® Exam?
You are eligible to take the exam if you are not enrolled in and have not graduated from high school. You must also meet the requirements for residency and age. You are eligible if you are 18 years old.

But what if I am a minor (less than 18 years of age)?
You may qualify to take the GED® if you are at least 16 years old and enrolled in a GED® Prep course.


  1. A sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) year old candidate must be attending classes in the ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM OF Columbia County (night time or day time classes) a minimum of thirty (30) days immediately prior to the time the GED® examination is administered and until results are received. A minor enrolled and attending class in an alternative school setting may request a waiver of the one-month requirement based on their principal's recommendation.
  2. The student must have withdrawn from the regular school program showing an official withdrawal form from the school last attended.
  3. A GED® Practice Test must be taken and all four content area modules passed with a minimum score of 600 or state-approved equivalent test.
  4. The student must have a signed parental / guardian consent form for testing (form provided in office).
  5. The student must provide and / or exhibit an unusual need to justify GED® testing (this is a "Justification Letter" that is submitted to the superintendent of Columbia County Schools by this office for signature).

How much does the GED® cost?
The Florida fee is $32.00 per module (content area test). For details and test dates, call the Adult Education office of the Columbia County School District at 386-755-8190. The GED® test is administered monthly.

Why take the GED® 2014 Exam?
The General Education Development Exam (GED®) can give you the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma. This credential is recognized as a key to employment opportunities, advancement, further education, and financial rewards.

How will the GED® 2014 test be scored and what score is passing?
The GED® 2014 test is scored by computer. The passing standard on each module has been set at a score of 150 on a scale of 100 to 200 scaled score points for each of the four content modules. When ALL four (4) modules are successfully completed (passed), a STATE OF FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA will be awarded to examinees.

Is keyboarding speed an issue? How does this influence test time?
The time given is adequate for you to construct your answer and key in your response. Field-testing has demonstrated that even test-takers with minimal keyboarding skills have adequate time.

How should I prepare for the test?
The Career and Adult Education Program sponsored by the Columbia County School District provides the instruction you may need for the tests. The staff at the Adult Education Office will be happy to talk with you about the study options available in preparing for the GED® 2014.

How do I earn an Adult High School Diploma?
You may enroll in Adult High School classes for course credit in our evening program located at Columbia High School. Our guidance staff will assist you in determining the courses and/or assessments you may need in order to earn your Columbia Adult High School Diploma.

What should I do next?
Your next step is to contact the Adult Education office at (386) 755-8190.

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GED Testing Schedule

We will be offering the GED® 2014 monthly here at the Adult Education Building. You can see our dates on the GED® website as you prepare to register. Are you ready to schedule?

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Prior to enrollment in Adult Education classes, the TABE is administered to identify areas of strength and weaknesses of skills that you use daily. The TABE consists of four timed sections consisting of reading, language, applied mathematics, and mathematics computation. You will complete the test over the course of one to two days. You cannot fail the TABE.

It is only a tool to help you and your adult education teacher develop the best educational plan for you. The results will help you put together a plan of action for educational success. We are committed to assisting you in any way that we can to help you become successful in adult education!

TABE for Pre-employment
The TABE is administered on MONDAYS for individuals who need documentation for employment. Individuals wishing to test should arrive at the Adult Education Center by 8:15 a.m. The fee for testing is $20.00 and a photo ID is required.

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The purpose of ESOL classes is to help you to learn English, to find work, and to continue learning. Register for a class in your Adult Education Center and take a test of the English language and other skills.

Setting Goals - Think about your reasons for studying English:

  1. To get a job.
  2. To keep your job.
  3. To advance in your career.
  4. To study in a college or university.
  5. To help your children in school.
  6. To talk with your neighbors and friends.

Your teacher will help you plan your goals, so you will need to:

  1. Come to every class and arrive on time.
  2. Use English every day.
  3. Study hard inside and outside the class.

Classroom Learning - The Florida Adult ESOL courses have three parts. You will study each part:

  1. Workforce development skills.
  2. Life skills.
  3. Academic skills.

Going Ahead - After you study English for a time, you will:

  1. Take a test on the material you learned.
  2. Go to another course or go to a new job.
  3. Set new goals.
  4. Keep contact with the center after you leave.

ESOL classes are offered Monday through Thursday at the Adult Education Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There is a fee of $30.00 per term for classes.

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Additional Resources

Here are some additional sites that we trust to help you. Although there are a lot of sites out there that claim they can help you get a GED® Diploma, they aren't all trustworthy or honest. However, this list of legitimate websites and organizations wants to help you earn your GED® Diploma just as much as we do.

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