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Development Center for Adults helps students get the skills they need

Today’s economy demands increased skills in order to gain employment. Not having a high school diploma is a greater barrier than ever to obtaining and holding a job. The Central Intermediate Unit No. 10 Development Center for Adults of Centre County exists to help residents get the skills and credentials they need.

CIU No. 10 Development Center for Adults provides free classes at our classroom in the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap. Our classes assist students with preparation for high school equivalency exams (GED, Hi Set), preparation for LPN entrance exams and brushing up on basic reading, writing and math skills.

Upon enrollment, students are assessed to determine their educational needs. Then staff members work with the students to develop their own instructional plan. Students work at their own pace with one-on-one instruction available. Books, computer programs and other instructional materials are provided by the Development Center for Adults at no cost to students.

Staff members are always available to help guide students toward their postsecondary goals. Instructors discuss postsecondary education and job opportunities and help students enter the workforce and/or postsecondary education.

The Development Center also provides one-on-one tutoring to meet students’ needs. Through collaboration with Penn State, college students often tutor. The Center welcomes community volunteers for tutoring. If you are interested in helping adults further their education, please call for information on how to become a tutor.

Our class times are 9-11:30 a.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The office may be contacted between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 359-3069. Students may enroll at any time, call for details.

Micah Barbash is an instructor at CIU No. 10 Development Center for Adults.