Schools and Programs
Cobb County residents seeking an adult education can receive job training, earn high school diplomas or improve English language skills. Career training programs most often result in a certificate and can prepare adult learners for employment in a variety of fields, including welding, web design, medical billing, carpentry, and home inspection.
Career preparation studies can in some cases help students prepare to obtain professional certification in their fields. Noncredit programs allow adults to pursue personal interests, such as developing artistic skills, playing a musical instrument or taking exercise classes. Some programs are offered online. Details about two schools in Cobb County are found below.
Schools At a Glance
|School||Institution Type||Class Format||Program Levels|
|Cobb/Paulding Adult Education Center||Adult school||On-site||GED|
|Marietta Community School||Adult school||On-site, online||Certificate|
Cobb/Paulding Adult Education Center's Educational Programs
The Cobb/Paulding Adult Education Center serves students in Cobb and Paulding counties. The center offers opportunities for adult students to prepare for the general educational development (GED) test. Programs are also offered for English-language learners.
Adult Basic Education and General Education Development Programs
The Adult Education Center offers a pre-GED course for students who need basic instruction in language, math and reading. Students who score highly enough on the tests of adult basic education can move on to the GED course. GED preparation courses cover the language arts, reading, writing, social studies, science and math skills that are covered on the GED test.
Adult students can earn the equivalent of a high school diploma by scoring a 145 or higher on the GED exam. The GED earned differs from a traditional high school diploma. However, it is typically accepted by the military and colleges.
English as a Second Language Program
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered at different skill levels. Students take a placement test to determine their base level of skill. These classes focus on vocabulary, grammar and conversational English. A citizenship class is also offered.
Marietta Community School's Adult Education Programs
The Marietta Community School, in partnership with Gatlin Education Services, offers adult education programs aimed at professional and vocation training and development. Programs are offered in areas like health and fitness, business, computer technology, media and design, hospitality and skilled trades. Some programs award a certificate of completion.
Medical Billing and Coding
Courses in medical billing and coding prepare students for entry-level jobs in a medical office setting or with an insurance company. Students who successfully complete the program are prepared to take the National Healthcareer Association's medical billing and coding certification exam.
Web Applications Developer Certificate
Certified Wedding Planner Program
The wedding planner certification program helps students prepare for a career planning weddings and special events. Students study the wedding industry, business skills, marketing and cultural wedding traditions.
Administrative Professional Program
Students who complete the administrative professional program are prepared to work in modern offices in an administrative capacity. There is one general program and several focused on Microsoft products. In the Microsoft programs, students learn the basics of the operating systems along with how to use Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Course tracks are available for Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, and 2013 with specialist and master certificate levels.