New Focus on Southwest Virginia Adult Education

The Southwest Virginia Adult Education Program has adopted a new name that reflects a new focus. RACE1- Regional Adult and Career Education of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Norton Public Schools will strengthen its connections with area partners to assure that its graduates not only have a GED, but are also career and college ready. Instructional Specialist Jan Stallard says the goal is no longer just a GED, but to set the stage for post-secondary student success with initial career exploration and on-going academic and career counseling and assessment.
Adult Education Programs in the area collaborate with multiple agencies to support job attainment and higher education. Mountain Empire Community College, the Virginia Employment Commission, and the Virginia Department of Social Services are just a few of the agencies that have a long-standing relationships with the program and have aided in student success, according to Program Manager Rebecca Scott. She says RACE1 is aimed at connecting students with professionals and websites that can assist in applying for financial aid, writing resumes, and seeking employment- processes that can be very confusing.

The Regional Adult & Career Education Program offers free Adult Education classes throughout the region to prepare students for the GED® Exam and to become career and college ready. Class schedules, directions to class sites and e-mail addresses for instructors may be found on the website at All classes open the week of September 8, and interested adults should call Amy at 1-844-MyRACE1 (844 697-2231) or in Scott County 386-2433 to register.

The Program also offers classes to help non-native English speakers with free language instruction. These students, like all others, will receive free career assistance. Classes may be held at the learning centers in Gate City and Duffield, at the student’s workplace or at any convenient and accessible location. Judy Vicars is the Coordinator for English language instruction. She can be reached at 1-844-MyRACE1 (844 697-2231) or in Scott County 386-2433 to register.

These are free services of the Public School Divisions of Lee, Scott and Wise Counties and the City of Norton.

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