Adult Education: Basic Education, GED Preparation, & ESL

The GECAC Adult Education program welcomes adults who are interested in improving their basic skills in reading, writing and math, earning a High School Equivalency credential or improving their English skills.  The classes are free and designed to meet the student’s individual needs by increasing their academic skills while providing opportunities to learn about careers and employment.  All classes include career exploration and labor market information to help students plan for their future. 

Adult Education Brochure Adult Education Brochure (240 KB)

GED® and HiSET® Test Center

GECAC has become an official Pearson Vue and ETS testing center in order to provide GED® and HiSET® testing.  The links below will inform you how to schedule your test.

Test Takers Guide to GED Test Takers Guide to GED (168 KB)

HiSET Brochure HiSET Brochure (219 KB)

Our Classes

High School Equivalency Preparation Classes
  • The High School Equivalency credential is a stepping stone for many in order to meet their goal of employment or post-secondary studies.  Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Math are taught in preparation for the tests.  
  • These classes are offered at the Adult Learning Center and PA CareerLink®, Erie County.
Adult Basic Education Classes
For students needing basic skills remediation, the Adult Basic Classes allow students to work at their own pace toward their ultimate goals—GED® or HiSET® preparation, Post-Secondary Education or employment.

English as a Second Language Classes
For students who would like to improve their English speaking, writing, reading and math skills.  Students who need very basic English instruction have the opportunity to work with Rosetta Stone® software or tutor small groups.  

Transition to the Post-Secondary Environment
For students who are transitioning to college or training and need a math, writing, reading and study skills brush up.  These classes are usually held in the summer at Porreco College. 


  • Case Management is offered as a support for success.  Students work with staff to set goals, examine potential opportunities and overcome the barriers to achieving them.  Staff is available outside class times to meet with students individually, as needed.  
  • Staff helps each student in decision making for their continued achievement, post-secondary education and employment choices. 

How to Become a Student

  • Call 814-451-5611 or stop by the GECAC Adult Learning Center, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM to begin the process. 
  • During the orientation process, the students hear about program opportunities and requirements; they meet with staff to set their individualized goals.
  • Being a successful Adult Education Student requires commitment from the student.  Attendance, participation, and goal setting are expected.

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