Crawford County Adult Education Center is holding an open house Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Alma Methodist Church for Alma residents interested in receiving their high school equivalency diploma.

Hosted by the CCAEC and the Alma Chamber of Commerce, the open house will offer free food, door prizes and information on the center’s new satellite GED classes.

GED classes are being offered at the Alma Methodist Church at 416 Short St. on Monday and Wednesday nights at 5-7 p.m., and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Robin James, a teacher and tutor for the adult education center, said the center is holding the open house to attract more students.

"Our numbers aren’t growing like we hoped," James said, though classes have been offered in Alma since August.

GED proficiency testing and preparation is being offered in the Alma classes to assist residents who may not have a way to get to classes at the education center in Van Buren. James also helps potential students fill out their application, she said.

Students still have to go to the Van Buren location to do final testing, but James said they hope to soon add laptops for testing at the Alma classroom.

"Our focus right now is the GED process," James said.

James teaches night classes in Alma, while day classes are taught by Mountainburg teacher Kristi Morris.

For more information on the GED program or other services offered by the CCAEC, call (479) 471-0019 or go to