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Workforce Connections: Classes available to help earn a GED

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Posted: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 8:40 pm | Updated: 3:58 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Are you looking to earn your General Education Development (GED) diploma? If so, then Maricopa Workforce Connections’ Gilbert Career Center, located at 735 N. Gilbert Road, is the place for you!

Rio Salado College, one of the many community partners located in the Center, offers free day and evening GED preparation classes taught by certified instructors.

The GED (high school equivalency) program covers five subject areas:

Language Arts, Writing

This portion of the program covers correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar and usage rules to complete a variety of writing tasks.

Language Arts, Reading

This program element focuses on recognition and decoding strategies to pronounce and derive the meaning of words. Also covered are the reading skills necessary to interpret and evaluate functional and informational text.

Social Studies

This program section covers a myriad of topics including world and United States history, basic economic concepts, the functions and symbols of government as they apply to citizenship, and geographic tools used to locate and analyze information about people, places and environments.


This section focuses on the impact of science and technology on human activity and the environment as it relates to the past, present, and future.


Several topics covered in the classroom instruction include data collection, data analysis, algebraic concepts, and methods to explore, analyze or solve real life problems. Books and materials are provided for students to use in the classroom. Classes are self-paced; however, instructors are readily available to work with students to identify their individual learning goals and to develop plans to reach those goals. Classes are offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact the Center at (480) 497-0350.

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