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Adult Education (GED)

What is the purpose?

The Adult Education Programs at Pearl River Community College are designed to offer opportunities that will enhance the skills and abilities of individuals preparing for the workforce or preparing for additional educational opportunities.  To be competitive in today's work environment, it is essential that individuals prepare themselves in the areas of math, reading, writing, and communication. The Adult Education programs will provide the needed assistance in developing these skills and abilities for individuals to move effectively into diverse work settings.


What programs are offered through the Adult Education Department?

  • GED Preparation
  • Basic Skills Training
  • Career Readiness Certificate Training

Who is eligible to sign up for the Adult Education Program?

The Adult Education Programs are offered to residents who reside in the Pearl River Community College District. 

The district is comprised of six counties:  Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Hancock, Jefferson Davis and Pearl River.

The student must be 17 years of age and officially withdrawn from High School.

Where and when can I find these classes?

Lamar & Forrest Counties:
Hattiesburg 601.554.5551
Class schedule: Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 12:00noon &
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30pm – 7:30pm
Petal 601.584.4704
Class schedule: Monday & Wednesday 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Marion County:
Columbia 601.736.8228
Class schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 8:00am – 12:00noon &
Tuesday & Thursday 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Pearl River County:
Poplarville 601.403.1158
Class schedule: Tuesday & Thursday 8:00am – 12:00noon &
Tuesday & Thursday 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Picayune 601.798.3472
Class schedule: Monday & Wednesday 8:00am – 12:00noon


Hancock County
Waveland 228.467.4275
Class schedule: Monday & Wednesday 8:00am – 12:00noon &
Monday & Wednesday 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Jeff Davis County
Prentiss 601.554.5551
Class schedule: Monday & Wednesday 4:00pm – 8:00pm


How does one enroll in a class?

Unfortunately most classes are part time and secretaries are not available to answer the phone. Due to this please call our main office at 601.554.5551 to schedule your appointment today.


What is the cost of the program?

GED classes are free. There is no charge for taking the practice GED test. Cost to take the Official GED test is $40.00 for a full test or $12.00 per part.


What are the benefits of participating in the Adult Education program?

The Adult Education Programs offer training that will enhance one's opportunities in obtaining and retaining employment.  Most employers require a high school diploma or GED.  These programs assist individuals with first obtaining a GED or improving their basic skills, and then progressing to other types of training that will make one more employable.


How are GED classes structured?

The GED classes are designed to start individuals at their current level of learning and progress to the level required to obtain the GED.  There are no tests to pass or fail.  When an individual enters the program, an assessment is administered to determine the level at which the individual is functioning in reading and math.  The program is designed so that each individual will be working on the materials he/she needs to prepare for passing the GED test.


If I have any questions, where do I call?

Call the main office of Adult Education at Pearl River Community College.  The number is 601.554.5551.  We will be glad to assist you in any way that we can.


Barry Upton
Director of Adult Education


“Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability. Any person needing to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication for this event, please contact the ADA Coordinator’s office at 601.403.1060.”


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