Summer Hours: The main office in Locust Grove will be closed on Fridays throughout the summer to align with the Orange County School System hours. Please call and leave a message on our main phone line: 540-718-8243. Someone will get back to you asap.
What is PRACEP? (Piedmont Regional Adult and Career Education Programs)
PRACEP, in Planning District 9, is one of 22 regional adult education programs in Virginia funded under the Department of Education's Office of Adult Education and Literacy Services. Almost one million adults in Virginia do not have a high school diploma or GED®. In alliance with the State of Virginia, our goal is to prepare as many of these individuals as possible for post secondary education and/or careers, through learning programs aligned with 21st century expectations and economies. Additionally we strive to assist immigrants and those of foreign nationalities who need help learning the English language so that they can better interact in our communities.
In addition to PRACEP our organization runs the Piedmont Testing Center which is an official Pearson Vue GED® testing provider.
The mission of PRACEP, in collaboration with mandated partners, is to raise the educational levels of eligible adults by providing academic instruction in a caring environment that strengthens literacy and English language skills, promotes the attainment of GED® credentials and provides the foundation for post-secondary education and highly skilled employment.
The GED Test
The Piedmont Testing Center is an official GED® testing site. The GED® testing program is the only high school equivalency credential recognized by all 50 states. When you pass the test, you open doors to new possibilities. Everyone deserves a chance to have a job they enjoy and the education they want. Call us if you are 18 years of age or older, have not received your high school diploma, and are interested in taking the official GED® test. We can assess you and either help you register online for the test, or place you in a class to build your skills. Once you have successfully passed your GED® you may be eligible for a better job, or you can continue into higher education programs such as community college or a 4-year degree program.
GED® Preparation Classes
We can help you decide if you are ready to take the official GED® test or if you need a little classroom help first. Practice tests and assessments are offered to demonstrate your skill levels and help us place you in classes geared to your needs. Classes are available for as long as a student needs to stay. Distance Education is also available through computerized training, or take-home work offered by teachers.
ELL (English Language Learners)
Sometimes those who speak other languages struggle with English or have limited knowledge. We offer classes in English for those who are seeking to then continue into a GED® program. Or many people join ESOL classes to communicate better in the workplace or with their children's teachers. And sometimes our students are looking to gain their US citizenship. For whatever reason, PRACEP can help at whatever level a person speaks.
We are continuously developing partnerships and programs to help our students with career pathway activities which prepare them with the academic and work force skills they need to successfully transition into college, careers, and responsible citizenship.