Adult Education & Grants

Adult Education

Adult Education offers instruction for adult learners in basic skills, GED® Certification,
English language learning, workforce training, and integrated education and training to
effectively prepare individuals for college and careers.

We serve the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward.

  • GED® Testing

    Why GED®? For 75 years and counting, the GED® program proudly prepares adult learners for success in the job market, college, and beyond by building the skills and confidence they need to flourish. As the leading high school equivalency program, we prepare students for success on the GED test and for life.


    To qualify for free GED testing, please consider enrolling in the adult education program. We can provide free GED Practice and official GED tests.

  • Pearson VUE Testing Centers

    Pearson VUE is the global leader in computer-based testing. Each year millions of people around the world take an exam with Pearson VUE. Please visit for a full list of available exams at a testing center convenient to you.

  • Next Steps

    Are you looking for a job or wanting to attend college? We offer the services of a Transition Specialist to help you get to your next steps!

    We offer individualized help to students who have or are nearing the final steps towards passing the GED® as follows:

    • Workplace readiness skills
    • Help with your job application or resume
    • Help with a job search using an interest assessment
    • College application(s)
    • College placement testing
    • FAFSA
    • Help with the ASVAB for entrance into the Armed Forces

    Other career-related services based upon a student’s individual needs


    For more information contact:

    Transitional Specialist

    Tammy Wiley

    Mora da Silva

  • PluggedIn VA: Truck Driver Training

    Our PluggedIn VA (PIVA) Program is a career pathway workforce development curriculum that combines earning a GED® or improving basic skills, professional training and multiple certificates including: ​

    • Digital Literacy Certificate
    • Class A Commercial Driver's License
    • Entry-level Driver Training Certificate

    Our graduates are on their way to a truck driving career with a median salary of $35,000 to $40,000 with benefits.

    For information about the PluggedInVA program at Southside Virginia Community College, please contact:

    PluggedInVA Coordinator
    Norman Davis

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Do you have classes near me?

    We have a number of class locations and times throughout Southside Virginia. Online classes are available for those who qualify.

    Contact 434-736-2048 or 804-586-7489 for more information.


    How do I register?

    Call Lois Hicks today at 434-736-2048. Registration is generally held during the last week of each month.  The registration process includes a skills assessment and takes approximately two class periods.


    How long will it take for me to earn my GED®?

    It depends on your level of commitment and your current educational background. 


    When do classes meet?

    Classes meet two days per week at most locations.   Morning or evening classes are available in all counties.  


    Are there online classes?

    Yes, online classes are available to those who qualify.

    Can you assist me if I have a high school diploma but need help with required placement testing or other workplace readiness skills?

    Yes, we can help you review for placement tests, such as VPT (Virginia Placement Test), ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery), and other needed academic/workplace skills.


    How much does the Adult Education Program cost?

    The program is free! All GED® and other test fees are paid as long as the student meets program requirements.


    What do I need for the class?

    Along with regular attendance and a positive attitude, students are encouraged to bring pen and paper to class. Also, a valid, government-issued ID is required for GED® testing. Visit the GED®  website for additional details.


    What will I gain from participation in the program?

    After all 4 subjects are passed with a score of 145 or greater, you will earn your GED®! You will have more confidence and self-esteem! You will meet lifelong friends, supporters and mentors! You will have success towards a new life path way!


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