Butler Basic Skills
The Butler Basic Skills Department offers a number of special programs to assist adult students eighteen years of age or older in attaining fundamental educational skills. Basic Skills Education is designed to increase the level of adult literacy within the community and to assist adults in high school equivalency completion GED®. The program provides students with the foundation skills that will enable them to enter the work force, skills training programs, or post-secondary education. The curriculum emphasizes the personal and academic development of each student stressing individual awareness of abilities and opportunities.
The college offers two programs designed for adults who have not completed high school: the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program and the High School Diploma Equivalency (GED®) program. These programs provide instruction ranging from courses to meet the needs of individuals requiring basic literacy instruction to those designed to improve the skills of high school graduates. The college also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) for non-English speaking students to learn English. These courses are offered on the college’s main campus and at several sites throughout the county. No registration fee is charged for these classes.
The Butler Basic Skills Department is located on the second floor of the Warren Student Center. In addition to structured classes, Basic Skills provides learning labs and computer-assisted instruction for basic skills students. There are no fees charged for use of these resources.
Enrollment of Minors
The Basic Skills Education programs are designed to serve adults. A student must be at least eighteen years old to participate in any component of the program. Upon receipt of written recommendation of the superintendent and principal of the last school attended, a student sixteen or seventeen years of age may be admitted provided that the following criteria are met:
- The referral and/or enrollment form for minors must be complete, signed, dated and received before enrolling in the program.
- Minor students should also submit a disciplinary record, a transcript from the last school attended, and schedule a meeting with the Director and a parent/guardian.
Registration and Placement
Individuals may enroll in the Basic Skills Education programs on the main campus during registration periods published in the college’s academic calendar and included in various college announcements. All students enrolling in these programs are required to take placement tests during a 3-day GED® Orientation Basic Skills class. The tests are used to determine the level at which a student will enter the program. There are no specific score requirements for enrollment in Basic Skills programs. Students are recommended to enroll in courses at the appropriate level of instruction by their advisor. Student progress is monitored through periodic testing and to determine course planning for the next enrollment period.
The college serves as the GED® testing center for Sampson County. Testing opportunities are scheduled several times a year as well as by appointment. Instruction and pre-testing are available at no charge and can help ensure success on the tests. All examinations are administered on main campus. Students who obtain satisfactory scores are awarded the High School Diploma Equivalency Certificate. The GED® examiner may schedule additional testing sessions for individuals with extenuating circumstances. GED® candidates will be assessed a nominal testing fee. Successful candidates are invited to participate in the college’s annual commencement exercises in the spring. The GED testing fee is $35.00.
North Carolina Driver's License Law
Effective August 1, 1998, a statewide, coordinated effort to motivate and encourage minors to complete high school was voted into law. This law requires that students under the age of eighteen who have not completed high school remain in school making adequate progress toward their diploma or equivalency or lose their driving permit or license. Sampson Community College is mandated to assist in the enforcement of this law.
Minors who are under the jurisdiction of the law (having been granted a license or permit on or after December 1, 1997) will be required to attend a minimum of 60 hours per month for six consecutive months and progress in the program according to the definition of progress set forth by the State Board of Community Colleges. Progress will be evaluated at the end of each six months period and any warning of revocation of license or permit will offer a ten-day period for response or appeal. For further information contact the Director of Butler Basic Skills.
Our Basic Skills Staff
Candace Taylor, Director of Basic Skills
Carol Watson, Literacy Support Specialist
Adriene Howard, Data Specialist
Donnette Pope, GED Examiner
Nydia Gonzalez, ESL Coordinator
Sheron Jones, Full Time Instructor
LaVoice Faison Stevens, Full Time Instructor
April Melvin, Full Time Instructor
James Ezzell, Full Time Instructor