If you are enrolled in ABE/GED/ESL, you may use the Reading Lab on a non-credit basis to improve your reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. In some cases, you will use lab programs in preparation for testing in specific subjects.
You must be referred by your instructor and may attend the lab for a maximum of 10 units (50 minute sessions) each quarter. These units of time will be documented in both the sign-in computer and your personal folder. Your folder also serves as a portfolio where you keep documentation of the work you complete in the lab.
ABE (Adult Basic Education)
If you are enrolled and attending an ABE class at BC, you may use the Reading Lab to improve your skills for personal enrichment or in preparation for the GED class using the lab’s Pre-GED program, provided you have received permission from your instructor.
GED (General Educational Development)
If you are enrolled and attending a GED class at BC, you may use the Reading Lab to prepare for the GED test using Contemporary’s GED-Interactive program. This program can be found on any of the lab’s computers and provides comprehensive information in these six subject areas: Literature and the Arts, Mathematics, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing. You are welcome to use any of the other lab programs for additional practice in Reading and Writing as recommended by your instructor.
ESL (English as a Second Language)
If you are enrolled and attending a higher-level ESL class, your instructor may refer you to the Reading Lab to improve your reading, vocabulary, and writing skills.