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In addition to career training, Gerald R. Ford Job Corps also provides academic training, including basic reading and math. Courses in independent living, employability skills, and social skills are offered in order to help students transition into the workplace. We also have several academic programs in basic skills and high school completion to help our students achieve their full potential.

Basic Skills

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Classes

The TABE classes are designed to be short-term refresher courses on basic material. The literacy class is designed to improve comprehension or the ability to remember what was read.


Our literacy program is the Read180 program by Scholastic. It is the most researched program for young adults. We have a high rate of success in raising students' reading comprehension levels. There is also a writing portion which assists students in learning to write both for business and for fun.


Our math program is skills-based and self-paced. The math instruction is over the basic areas covered on the TABE. As such, it is mostly a refresher course of things people have forgotten or not used in a long time. There is also a focus on life-skills math such as taxes, check books, credit cards, etc.

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High School Completion

Online High School Diploma

We offer a high school diploma through Middleton Online High School This is a great option for older students with few credits and a limited amount of time to complete the program.

The TABE requirements to enter the online high school diploma program are scores of 550 in reading and 520 in math. This program is mostly book-based with tests being taken on the computer. There are 18 credits needed to graduate.

General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

The GED program is offered on center. The GED is a series of five tests. The score for each test must be at least 410 to pass the test. A total of 2250 points is needed to pass the GED.

To qualify to take a test, a student must first pass a book test with the GED instructor. Then, the student must pass an official practice test with the Testing Administrator. Then, the student will get scheduled for the official state test.

The TABE requirements to enter the GED program are scores of 550 in reading and 520 in math.

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Page last updated: Friday, August 02, 2013