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 their website or by calling the Metro Center at 319-234-5745.
General Education Development (GED)
GED classes are offered in six-week sessions. Students must make an appointment for orientation prior to enrollment and will be assigned to a class.
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. GED graduates each receive a "Next Step" Scholarship to continue their education at Hawkeye Community College. Each graduate is given a scholarship entitling them to receive three college credits free of charge when they register for six or more credits. Other scholarships available to GED students include 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)
ELL classes are offered in two semester-long sessions. Each is 15 weeks of instruction. The four-level program integrates listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, math, and pronunciation skills with life-skills topics, critical thinking activities, and civics concepts. Computer skills are integrated into the curriculum. Separate Citizenship Classes are offered year round.
The Family Literacy Program focuses on supporting parents as their child's first teacher, offering home visits and group meetings for expectant parents, parents of infants, toddlers, and older children.
Transition to College
Hawkeye Community College also helps transition students to college credit courses. A Transition Specialist and an HCC Admissions counselor for Under-Represented Populations work closely together to support and guide students who are considering enrolling in college course work.
Subjects: Adult Education