Educating for Employment

Lacking a high school diploma or a GED means trying four times as hard to find a good job, often with frustrating results. Our adult education program connects individuals with the opportunity to close employability gaps by earning a GED diploma.

Adult Education graduates who take and pass the GED exam will have earned a SC High School Equivalency Diploma. In addition to providing a full cap-and-gown graduation ceremony, the program provides other follow-up services to help graduates make the most of the new opportunities available to them.

“Education is incredibly liberating. If you have the opportunity, please, please take it…it’s so worth it.” – UM GED Graduate

The path to earning a GED credential is different for every person. Your individual educational needs, availability, and ability to study consistently through self-directed studying or individual tutoring sessions are factors in the time it will take to progress through the preparation program. Our goal in Adult Education is to help you successfully prepare for the GED exam as quickly as possible. We hope you’ll start your GED journey soon!

Adult Education has a $20 program fee that helps offset the cost of the official GED exam, which is $150. That means, the student pays $20 and United Ministries covers the remaining $130 of the GED testing fee. All practice testing, tutoring, and study resources are free to enrolled Adult Education students.

No, currently we do not offer virtual classes. However, as an Adult Education student, we can provide access to several online resources such as Aztec, Learning Express Library, and Kahn Academy as supplemental preparation materials. These resources are intended to compliment your one-on-one tutoring or self-directed study sessions that occur on-site.

Our hours of operation are: Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday from 8:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday from 8:30am-12:00pm; closed to students on Friday. Students are invited to come in anytime during those hours. No appointment is needed.

It’s important that you begin your GED preparation in the right program – that’s why we work with GLA and Lifelong Learning at the Sullivan Center. After taking the placement test, we’ll discuss the best program for you and help you connect with one of our partners, if needed.

Adult Education does not have access to any official GED transcripts or diplomas. For an official GED transcript and/or diploma, records must be requested through the South Carolina Department of Education.

If you took the GED exam in 2014 or after, you can access an unofficial score report through your account by logging in with your email address and password.

How it Works

Adult Education is a self-paced GED preparation program where participants can study on their own schedule as work or other responsibilities allow. United Ministries provides one-on-one tutoring, self-directed studying, and access to a variety of study materials to use on-site.

Interested students, who are at least 17 years old, can enroll by taking the placement test anytime during our program hours. No appointment is needed. Following enrollment and orientation, participants pay a $20 program fee, which is applied towards the official GED exam testing fee. United Ministries pays for all practice testing and the remaining $130 exam fee on behalf of participants.

For additional information or questions, please call 864-335-2604.

Puckett Center for Economic Mobility hours: Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm; Wednesday 8:30am-12:00pm

New students joined the Adult Education program.
Individuals passed the GED exam and earned a High School Equivalency Diploma, making it possible for them to enroll in college and find quality employment.
I went to see my counselor to tell him I felt like I had failed the test again. He said, ‘Let’s just see how you did.’ I didn’t even know the results were in. He said, ‘YOU DID IT!’ I said, ‘I PASSED?’ He said, ‘Yes,’ and we hugged and cried, knowing this had been a long hard struggle for me.
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United Ministries participants receive long-term one-on-one coaching to address all of the factors that have impacted employability. Coaching and coursework develops financial know-how, personal effectiveness, and job skills. We even continue to work with our participants after they are employed.

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