Adults and teens without a high school diploma have the option of completing their K-12 education through a GED Program. In Jefferson Parish, several assistance programs are available for students who need help with the General Education Development (GED) test. These programs are required for students 18 and under. Students over 18 are not required to take a preparation program.

West Bank Adult Learning Center

West Bank Adult Learning Center, part of the Jefferson Parish Workforce Connection, offers GED preparatory assistance. The learning center also offers assistance in math, reading and writing, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) training. Nine teachers are available, with room for 300 students. The center's operating hours are from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and from 6-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

West Bank Adult Learning Center 1400 Huey P. Long Ave. Gretna, LA 70053 (504) 361-5493 http://communityeducation.jppss.k12.la.us/programs.htm

Causeway Adult Learning Center

Causeway Adult Learning Center offers GED preparatory assistance, as well as basic skills aid. Four teachers are available, with a capacity of 200 students. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Causeway Adult Learning Center 3420 N. Causeway, Suite C Metairie, LA 70002 504-849-9036 http://www.doe.state.la.us/lde/family/2149.asp

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YMCA Teen Center

The YMCA Teen Center offers GED prep assistance, as well as basic skills assistance in math, reading and writing. Courses in phonics and typing are also offered. There is one instructor on site, with a capacity for 35 students. The center is open from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday.

YMCA Teen Center, Westbank 2010 Woodmere Blvd., Suite M Harvey, LA 70058 504-349-9925

Bonnabel High School

Bonnabel High School offers GED prep assistance, as well as basic skills aid. English as a Second Language (ESL) training is also offered. The courses are available from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Registration is available on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.

Bonnabel High School 2801 Bruin Dr.
Building 100, 2nd Floor, Kenner, LA 504-443-4564

Hispanic Resource Center

Hispanic Resource Center offers GED preparatory aid, as well as basic skills assistance. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday. For those wishing to enroll in the program, registration is from 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m., every Monday.

The Hispanic Resource Center offers GED preparatory aid, as well as basic skills assistance. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday. For those wishing to enroll in the program, registration is from 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m., every Monday.

Hispanic Resource Center
4312 Florida Avenue Kenner, LA 70065-1335 504-469-2570

Roosevelt Middle School

Theodore Roosevelt Middle School offers GED prep assistance, as well as tutoring in basic skills. English as a Second Language (ESL) is also offered. The course is from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesday. Registration for the program at 6:30 p.m., on the first Monday of every month.

Roosevelt Middle School 3315 Maine Ave., Kenner, LA 70065 (504) 443-1361

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