Garden City Career Connection Academy


The GCCCA strives to provide innovative opportunities that promote and help participants to successfully meet their educational and life goals in an environment that is committed to life-long learning.

Learn basic reading, writing, math, citizenship, college ready skills, computer skills, employability skills, and prepare for the GED test along with a Technical career.


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A participant is defined as anyone who is enrolled in classes at the GCCCA or anyone who is involved in a testing session at the Academy.

Individuals who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enroll in adult education programs or testing at the GCCCA. (Minors are accepted by individual case. See requirements below for 16 & 17 year old students.)

Requires one of the following conditions; Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) oversight:

  • Does not have a high school diploma; and has not passed all four modules of the GED Exam
  • Does not have basic, reading, writing, or math skills as determined by scores on the TABE tests

Underage students (16 & 17 year old) must present documentation at the time of enrollment to show they are not truant and/or currently enrolled in high school. Any one of the following may be used as documentation:

  • A Disclaimer form and an Exemption form from the local high school showing the student has been legally withdrawn from high school
  • A court order exempting the student from attending school
  • Proof of enrollment in a board-approved alternative educational program
  • Proof of legal emancipation
  • Proof of marriage 

ESL program is intended for those individuals who do not have adequate proficiency in the English language to function as a citizen, employee in the Garden City Community College service community, or the ability to communicate effectively with a child's teacher.

Individuals who ARE eligible for ESL classes under the AEFLA grant must meet ALL of the following guidelines: be 16 years of age and over; does not have basic listening, reading, writing and/or mathematics skills as determined by scores on the TABE tests; has Visa status compliance (one of the following):

  • Citizens of the United States (and their dependents) who do not speak English as their first language
  • Refugees and Residents with applicable green card
  • Immigrant Visa holder

Recreational Students:
Students enrolling in programs and services who do not qualify under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grant are considered recreational students. Any student who self identifies as a Non-immigrant Visa Holder is considered a Recreational Student (See below for Non-immigrant Visa Status). Recreational students may apply for enrollment. The fee for Recreational Students is $300 per session, as class space permits. Orientations for Recreational Students occur starting in August 2019 if seating is available.



Items Needed at Registration

  • A government-issued document with a photograph, such as passport or driver's license
  • If the student is 16 or 17, he or she must provide a High School Attendance Disclaimer form.
  • $50 enrollment fee for in-person GED and ESL classes
  • $100 enrollment fee for online GED class
  • $150 enrollment fee for citizenship class

**All fees are nonrefundable and go towards enrollment and instructional materials. Fees can be paid by cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card.



High School Equivalency Diploma

The (HEP) program helps migratory and seasonal farmworkers (or children of such workers) who are 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in school to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and, subsequently, to gain employment or begin postsecondary education or training.

Adult Basic Education

The (ABE) Program is a highly structured, research-based program designed to build twenty-first-century skills that enable students to successfully transition to postsecondary education and/or the workplace. The ABE program has classes to help you prepare and improve your basic reading, writing and math skills, while you build the confidence you'll need to succeed.


General Education Development (GED)

Your future is calling! Once you pass the GED exam, you will receive a High School Diploma by the Kansas Board of Regents. You can go on to post-secondary education, get a job (or find a better job) and earn more in salary and benefits throughout your work career.

The GED program has classes to help you prepare for all four parts of the test, brush-up on your test taking skills and improve your reading, writing and math skills, building confidence for your future career. Classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the week, so you'll have options that best fit your busy life.

The GED is an official state-proctored exam. Therefore, the exam does require that the examinee has valid, government issued identification.

Each subject area exam costs $33 and may only be scheduled and paid for online at Students take the exam at the testing center located on the second floor of the GCCC SCSC building.

Once you pass all four exams, you will have earned a high school diploma. A passing score is 145. If you score higher, you could be college ready or eligible for college credits.

The GED consists of four exams:


  • 115-minute time limit
  • Approximately 45% quantitative problem solving & 55% algebraic problem solving


  • 90-minute time limit
  • Approximately 40% life science, 40% physical science & 20% Earth and space science

Social Studies

  • 70-minute time limit
  • Approximately 45% civics and government, 20% US history, 15% economics & 15% geography

Reasoning Through Language Arts

  • 150-minute time limit
  • 75% non-fiction texts & 25% literature texts
  • 45-minute essay

English as a Second Language

The (ESL) program help students build the foundation to further their education. Classes are offered on a variety of schedules to accommodate students'. Students are placed in ESL courses specific to their skill level to prepare them to move on to contextualize career courses.

In addition to our traditional ESL classes, the GCCCA is currently piloting and evaluating a new model for teaching English as a Second Language. The Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) program combines in-person and on-line instruction with self-directed coursework at times and locations convenient for the student. With an increased retention rate and significant education gains, our pilot cohorts are demonstrating just how promising this approach is with our adult learners.



Family Literacy

Family Literacy allows parents and children an opportunity to go to school together. Adults work on literacy skills and participate in programs such as Parent Education and Parent-Child Time while their children experience an Early Childhood setting.

  • Adult Education: Adults work on a high school diploma, GED or ESL.
  • Parent-Child Time: Parents learn about their child through parent-child activities.
  • Parent Education: Parents meet with a parent educator to discuss parenting topics.
  • Early Childhood Program: Children have a positive first school experience.

*Program at East Garden Village Campus

 Workplace Literacy

Workplace Literacy is more than just being able to read and write. It is a combination of skills that are needed to function effectively in the work environment. These skills include:

  • Decision-Making
  • Critical Thinking
  • Identifying and Solving Problems
  • Setting Goals
  • Speaking and Writing Effectively
  • Math Skills
  • Basic Computer Skills

Employers and employees both benefit from increased basic skills in the workplace.

Digital Literacy

Digital literacy skills are the skills that allow individuals to access, navigate, organize and utilize information from digital or technology resources. Digital literacy skills are defined in Minnesota by the NorthStar Digital Literacy Standards, which address twelve different areas:

  • Basic computer skills
  • Internet
  • Email
  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Microsoft Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Social Media
  • Information literacy
Career Search Skills

Accelerating Opportunities

Accelerating Opportunities program is a different approach to teaching students who need help with foundational skills by mixing career training with additional support for math, writing, and reading inside and outside the classroom. This student-first approach gives participants the skills they need to succeed in school and compete in the workforce by working on technical and foundational education while also providing support services to students through a ABE instructors and a career coach.

Make it easier for students who need extra help to complete their education.

Allow students to earn their General Educational Development (GED) credential while they are also enrolled in college courses.

Allow students to earn one or more certifications that will help them get a better job with a family-sustaining wage.

Allow students to earn college credit that leads to a degree in the future.

Fast Track

A program option for students who receive a "Likely to Pass" or "Too Close to Call" status on the GED Ready tests. Most students do not have the same skills in every content area. While one student may be ready to proceed in one or more content areas, it is likely that other areas require additional study. Sometimes, a quick brush up is enough, and other times, intensive classroom study is needed. Fast Track will provide the brush up.


The citizenship program provides preparation for the USCIS Citizenship test, including review of pertinent U.S. Civics and History information, and practice for the English reading and writing portions of the test.

Plaza Comunitaria program

Plaza Comunitaria program offer the opportunity for youth and adults to have literacy courses and to start or continue their elementary, middle and high school education in Spanish. Every student who completes his or her education under this program gets a certificate provided by the Mexican Ministry of Education and is prepared to present successfully a GED in Spanish and, if the student has a good level of English, to present it in this language. Furthermore, many studies show how students can learn English faster and more efficiently if they have a solid education in their own language.

Integrated Educational Training

Integrated Educational Training (IET) program empower students to improve their scores on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and prepare students for classes in Technical careers (Health, Manufacturing, Automotive, Cosmetology, Fire Science, ETC.)

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE)

Education services provided to English language learners who are adults, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries that enable such adults to achieve competency in the English language and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in the United States. Such services shall include instruction in literacy and English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, and may include workforce training.


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GCCC Class Schedule 
High School Equivalency Diploma (English GED)

Monday - Friday:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

High School Equivalency Diploma (Spanish GED)

Monday - Friday:
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

English as a Second Language

Monday - Friday:
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Orientations for Fiscal Year 2022-2023

  • General Education Development (GED)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

Session 1

                 July 1st to August 12th, 2022
                 August  15th, 16th and 17th, 2022
         Classes Begin:
                 August 22nd, 2022

Session 2

                 September 13th-30th, 2022
                 October 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2022
         Classes Begin:
                 October 24th, 2022

Session 3

                 November 28th to December 16th, 2022
                 January 10th, 11h, and 12th, 2023
         Classes Begin:
                 January 16th, 2023

Session 4

                 February 13th-28th, 2023
                 March 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 2023
         Classes Begin:
                 March 27th, 2023


                 May 8th - May 26th, 2023
         Classes Begin:
                 March 30th, 2023


(Math, Writing, Reading Fridays 9 to noon) Call our office 620-276-7600 for more information.

More information about cost of attendance can be found here

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