Leon County Schools ACE Offers ‘Alternative’ Ways To Prepare The Region’s Workforce

Leon County Schools Adult and Community Education (ACE) helps prepare the area’s workforce by providing individuals with alternative ways to earn a high school diploma and transition on to post-secondary opportunities.

“We take students wherever they are and help them get to where they want to go educationally, explains Adult & Community Education’s Principal Barbara Van Camp. Our students range in age from 16 to 80 plus. Our goal is to help our students become responsible, contributing members in our community.”

The school’s two largest programs are GED® preparation classes and English classes for persons who speak other Languages (ESOL). In addition, the school also offers classes for senior learners, adults with disabilities, adult high school and after school credit classes for current high school students.

Of the 280 students who earned their Florida High School diploma through ACE last year, 77 enrolled at Tallahassee Community College and another 23 at Lively Technical Center. Other students selected Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Valencia State College, The University of Alaska at Fairbanks, other state colleges and universities or selected military service.

“For many we offer a great alternative way to earn their high school diploma, Van Camp explains. High School students struggling in a particular subject can focus on their weakness. Students who are motivated often make the equivalent of two or even three years of progress or more in a single year. We are structured to focus on the basic skills they need.”

Adult & Community Education classes are offered in the morning, afternoon and evening and at 25 locations around the county to assist people in attending no matter their schedule. ACE also partners with local businesses to offer GED® or ESOL classes on site to make it easier for employees to further their education. Businesses interested in offering on-site training can contact Van Camp at (850) 922-5343 for more information.

“We want to make earning a high school diploma or becoming proficient in English a possibility for as many residents in the region as we can, Van Camp said. The school recently started an additional GED® class in the Miccosukee area of the community. When there is a need and students with a desire to learn we will do our best to meet that need, she continued. ACE is an example of how Leon County Schools continue to find creative ways to meet the educational needs of citizens in our community.”