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We offer FREE open-entry/open-exit Academic Skills Labs on the Santa Rosa Campus, the Petaluma Campus, and various locations throughout the county. Open-entry/open-exit means that you can enroll at any time during the semester. These labs offer free learning opportunities to brush-up on academic skills or to prepare for the GED test and other exams such as placement tests, CAHSEE, CHSPE, and CBEST.
Letter of Release Information
Each Academic Skills Lab site has instructors, computers, and materials to help you with GED and placement test preparation and credit class assignments. There are no entry requirements, but students under 18 years of age who are currently attending high school must complete a concurrent enrollment form when they register. We can supply these forms if you need one. Students under 18 years of age who are dropped out must get a Letter of Release from their local high school. Please call Admissions & Records at (707) 527-4685 for more info, or visit their homepage:
Apply and register online at www.santarosa.edu/app/admissions. If you need help registering, go to the Admissions & Records office in Plover Hall. After registering for our free class, CSKLS 731, come to the class anytime during open hours. We will then have you take an assessment in reading, math and writing to get you started on studying for the GED exam or the academic skills you wish to brush-up in. CSKLS 731 is FREE, drop-in, and self-paced, and instructors are always available to tutor you individually and guide your studies.
The Academic Skills/GED Preparation Lab follows the Santa Rosa Junior College's class dates—we are closed during Finals Examinations weeks, all breaks, and during holidays and Professional Development Activities days.
See SRJC Academic Calendar:
Fall (mid Aug - early Dec) & Spring (mid Jan - mid May) semester lab hours:
Santa Rosa Campus: Mon-Thurs 9am-2:30pm and 5-8pm; Fri 9am-12pm
Petaluma Campus: Mon-Fri 9am-12pm; Tues/Thurs 6pm-9pm
Summer (mid June - early Aug) semester hours:
Santa Rosa Campus: Mon-Thurs 9am-2:30pm, 5-8:20pm
Petaluma Campus: Tues/Thurs 6pm-9pm
Students who wish to enroll in off-campus Spanish GED classes should go directly to that location, and the instructor will help with enrollment. To have a list of locations sent, emailed or faxed to you, please call (707) 527-4834. For information on GED in Spanish classes, call the Southwest Santa Rosa Center at (707) 527-4229.
Don't put off your goals any longer. Come visit one of our labs or classes.
We welcome you.
Santa Rosa Campus
680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway
Rm 252/252A, 2nd Floor, Kathleen Doyle Hall
How often should I come?
This depends on your goals and your schedule. It is ideal to attend our lab a minimum of 10 hours per week. Our labs are open-entry/open-exit. This means you can come any time the lab is open.
Do students get individual help?
YES! After an assessment, an instructor helps you develop a study plan matched to your goals and schedule. Once you've started your work in the lab, our staff is always available to offer explanations and answers.
How long will it take me to prepare to pass the GED test?
This depends on your previous schooling, your attendance, and your motivation. After your orientation, our instructors will help you set realistic goals. You can also take GED practice tests; these scores will give you a better idea of your readiness.
Should I prepare for the GED test or the CHSPE test?
The GED is recognized throughout North America and can be taken two months before your 18th birthday or anytime thereafter. The California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) is recognized only in California, but it is appropriate if you are under 17 1/2. Our lab emphasizes GED but also offers materials appropriate for the CHSPE.
Do I need to buy any books to study for my GED?
Depending on your assessment results, we will recommend certain books for preparing for the GED exam. Click on the link below to see a list of these books.
Where can I take the GED when I am ready?
The Assessment Office, located on the Santa Rosa Junior College Campus, offers testing monthly. For specific dates and times, call (707) 527-4802 or stop by their office located in Plover Hall, across from Admissions and Records.
What happens after I pass my GED?
We encourage you to see an SRJC counselor and set your educational goals. Many students continue in the Academic Skills Lab as they prepare for college credit classes.
Can I take credit classes at SRJC without having my GED first?
Yes, in general the only requirement for taking classes at SRJC is that you must be 18 years or older before the first day of the semester and no longer enrolled in high school—you do not need to have your GED first. Students still in high school or underage may take classes if they have approval from their high school principal and parent on the Concurrent Enrollment Form. Go to Admissions & Records for more information. www.santarosa.edu/app/admissions
However, you will not qualify for financial aid unless you have a high school diploma or have passed the GED.
Ofrecemos clases abiertas para mejorar tus habilidades académicas en salones de clase y en los laboratorios de computadoras en el Santa Rosa Junior College de Santa Rosa, el SRJC de Petaluma y también en varios lugares del condado. (clases abiertas significa que puedes empezar en cualquier momento del semestre, no importa que el semestre ya haya empezado, eres bienvenido/a en cualquier momento). Estas clases y laboratorios son libres de costo, sí, son gratis y te ofrecen la oportunidad de mejorar tus habilidades académicas o de prepararte para tomar el examen del GED (la equivalencia del diploma de preparatoria o High School) o tomar otros exámenes, como son el examen de capacidad matemática, el CAHSEE, el CHSPE y el CBEST. Para más información sobre las clases del GED en español, favor de hablar al teléfono (707) 527-4229.