In our commitment to lifelong learning, Iowa Public Television regularly highlights adult learning centers across Iowa. This month the featured center is Hawkeye Community College Metro Center.
The Metro Center is located in downtown Waterloo at 844 W. 4th Street. The Metro Center's urban location brings services to the heart of the community. Outlying sites for ABE/GED are located at Hawkeye's satellite centers in Cedar Falls, Waverly and Independence. Additional information can be found at http://www.hawkeyecollege.edu/business-and-community/extension-programs/default.aspx or by calling the Metro Center at 319-234-5745.
General Education Development (GED)
Students are required to attend an orientation session prior to enrolling in the GED program. They then study at an individualized pace with qualified instructors. An online GED study class is available for students with qualifying pre-test scores. Classes and pre-tests are tuition free. Students study to pass the five subtests of the GED Test: Literature, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies. GED official testing is offered at the Metro Center on Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday evenings, and Thursday mornings at a cost of $70, which includes all five tests and the GED diploma. The past four years GED graduates have each received a "Next Step" Scholarship to continue their education at Hawkeye Community College. Each graduate was given a scholarship entitling them to receive three college credits free of charge when they registered for six or more credits. Other scholarships available to GED students are the "We Believe in You", "Naomi Sadler" and "Rater GED". Full scholarships to HCC are awarded to the GED valedictorian and salutatorian.
English Language Learning (ELL)
Hawkeye Community College Metro Center has two semester-long sessions a year; one begins in August, the other begins in January. Four levels of classes for students are offered with beginning to advanced English language proficiency. All ELL students utilize the computer lab. Technology is integrated into the core classroom curriculum in order to enhance student's computer skills and enrich the curriculum. Separate Citizenship Classes are offered year round.
The Family Literacy Program focuses on supporting parents as their child's first teacher. Home visits and group meetings are offered for expectant parents, parents of infants, toddlers and older children.
Transition to College
Hawkeye Community College Metro Center also helps to transition students to Hawkeye Community College credit courses. A Transition Specialist, an HCC Admissions counselor for Under-Represented Populations and a GED Next Step Specialist work closely together to support and guide students who are considering enrolling in college course work.
Subjects: Adult Education