The Crawford County Adult Education Center spring semester began Jan. 6. Students and staff at the center in Van Buren have begun preparation for the new 2014 GED test.

"If you have enrolled in the past or would like to enroll, you can do so during any of our open hours," said Laura DeCanter, career coach. "All classes and programs will continue to be free."

DeCanter said students are now studying for the GED test, which is completely computerized. The new version will include four test sections – mathematical reasoning, reasoning through the language arts, science and social studies.

"Passing the test will earn students an Arkansas high school diploma," she said. "Currently, a voucher program is being implemented to offset the cost of the new test. There will also be a fee for retesting if necessary. However, a $450,000 allocation from the Arkansas rainy-day fund will cover most of the new cost for students taking high school equivalency exams."

The state also will require each GED applicant to take a practice test before taking the actual exam. Each practice test costs the state $24, but part of the governor’s rainy-day fund allocation will be used to pay that cost for students who are enrolled in the department’s adult education GED programs. For people not enrolled in those programs, the cost will vary.

For more information on the current test or testing changes for 2014, visit

DeCanter said CCAEC will continue to offer classes to prepare students for the new version of the test. The classes being offered include math, language, writing, science, social studies, and computer literacy. Some of the computer literacy classes will be geared toward becoming comfortable with the testing process for the 2014 computerized test.

CCAEC also conduct English as a second language and citizenship classes.

"We will continue as always in providing assistance to students in their studies for the COMPASS and ASVAB tests," DeCanter said.

In addition to the adult education classes, two work-based certificate programs, Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy (W.A.G.E.) and Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) training are available. CCAEC additionally provides the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program with certified parent educators Vicki Anderson and Dawn Lane.

For information on any of the classes or programs, call the center at (479) 471-0019. All of the services offered at the Crawford County Adult Education Center are free. More information is available at CCAEC, on the center’s website at, or by visiting us on Facebook at Crawford County Adult Education Center.

The Crawford County Adult Education Center is now working with Vincennes University to offer college courses in Van Buren. The Van Buren campus has several options for college courses and will continue to provide assistance with financial aid applications. Contact Marty Wilson or DeCanter at (479) 471-0019 for questions regarding financial aid or enrollment in Vincennes University courses.

CCAEC spring hours will be Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The center will be closed on Fridays.