• Basic Skills

    Classes to help adults improve their basic skills in reading and math are available during the day and evening hours, Monday through Thursday. All classes are free of charge and are designed to meet the individual needs of those who are seeking to improve their math or reading skills. Placement tests are used to determine the most appropriate level of instruction for each adult learner. All work is individualized and the students are able to work at their own pace, in a comfortable and non-threatening atmosphere.

    Computer-assisted instruction is also available under the guidance of certified adult education instructors. User-friendly computer programs provide additional practice and supplemental support for our adult students.

    The counselor assists each student in determining an appropriate plan of instruction, based upon the scores from the initial assessment, as well as the personal goals and objectives of the individual.

    GED Program

    The GED classes are still FREE at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center.  The GED exam is computer-based and requires some basic computer skills. The new test has four parts instead of five: Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math. Scoring for the new test has also changed: to pass the new GED 2014, students must score 145 out of 200 in each area. The test is computer scored, so unofficial scores will be available immediately after testing. 

    The new GED test requires students to sign up at GED.com and take and pass official practice tests ("GED Ready") before taking the official test. We have a FREE official practice test for Adult Education students, so don't pay the $6 for the online "GED Ready" test- check with us first! Students can take and pass one area at a time. For example: a student can study math, take and pass the math "GED Ready" test, and then take the official GED Math test before moving onto science and the other subjects. 

    Once a student has passed the GED Ready test, they may sign up for the official GED test.  The official test must be taken in person at an authorized center- it is not an "online" test- it is "computer-based". The Fort Smith Adult Education Center is an authorized Pearson Vue Testing Center, and we offer official GED testing here. The Arkansas Department of Career Education is charging $16 for the official tests, instead of the full $120.  Remember- the Fort Smith Adult Education Center is here to provide instruction and testing for our students to prepare them for college and careers. We are ready to help you pass the new GED. AND CLASSES ARE STILL FREE!

    Details about the GED test here.


    We now offer managed enrollment, fast track GED preparation classes. Classes begin every 4 weeks, and require advance registration. Stop by the office to sign up. 


    This Conversational Spanish class is provided for a nominal fee to cover the textbook, and classroom instruction. The class meets two days per week, two hours per class, for five weeks.

    The class emphasizes conversational Spanish skills. The instructor is willing to customize the class according to the needs of the individual participants. For example, if the students need industrial vocabulary, the instructor will develop a curriculum to address industrial vocabulary needs.  (CLASS TBA)

    English as a Second Language (ESL)

    Classes in English as a Second Language are designed for persons over the age of 18 whose native language is not English. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced coursework, as well as U.S. citizenship preparation is provided. Placement tests are used to determine the appropriate level of instruction for each student.

    The ESL classes emphasize survival English in the American society, particularly in the workplace. Computer-assisted instruction is also available for additional practice and review. All staff are certified and experienced teachers of ESL.

    Classes are available Monday through Thursday, day and evening, with open entry/open exit. There is no charge for classes, and books are provided!

    Our multicultural classes include students from countries all over the world. Informal class instruction allows students to focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing in English in a relaxed and non-threatening environment. Students have the opportunity to make new friends while studying English. 

    Career Pathways

    Our Career Pathways program prepares students for the Career Readiness Certificate.  The Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) is nationally recognized and measures a range of essential work skills.

    Distance Education

    Our new distance education program uses a Web-based program that allows students the flexibility and convenience of studying outside the traditional classroom setting.  Students may attend traditional classes while engaging in distance learning away from school.  Students who are unable to attend the traditional class setting may complete all of their studies online.


    The Fort Smith Adult Education Center offers three different apprenticeship programs: an Electrical Apprenticeship, a Residential Construction Apprenticeship Program and a Plumbing Apprenticeship Program.

    Apprentices entering the electrical trade are required to be licensed by the Arkansas Department of Labor, Board of Electrical Examiners. This is a four-year program consisting of 640 hours of classroom instruction coinciding with 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. When a student completes the program, he or she will be granted a "release to test" and can submit an application to sit for the journeyman electrician's exam. Our classes are offered through partnership with the Arkansas Construction Education Foundation. 

    More details:  myacef.org

    Our Residential Construction Apprenticeship Program (RCAP) is offered in partnership with the Greater Fort Smith Association of Homebuilders. This program is an 18 month, 288 hour program.  Skills taught include:

    • Building walls
    • Installing roof joists, rafters and trusses
    • Laying roofs with plywood and shingles
    • Insulating, weather-stripping and caulking
    • Installing doors, windows and siding
    • Laying wood floors and stairs
    • Installing interior finish and trim
    • Installing cabinets and countertops
    • Building forms for concrete
    • Using green building techniques to reduce resources, conserve energy, increase durability of structures and improve indoor air quality

    More details: fortsmithhomebuilders.org

    Our Plumbing Apprenticeship is offered in partnership with Action, Inc.  The apprenticeship program is designed for candidates to reach their full potential by receiving an education and real-work experience simultaneously.  The four-year program offers successful candidates to work as a full-time employee during the day and attend school one or two times a week in the evening.  After completing the four years, candidates will have completed the 640 hours to test for the Journeyman Plumbing License through the Department of Health from the State of Arkansas.  Additional benefits offered with Action Inc.'s apprenticeship program include:  Full-time benefits; medical, dental, and vision insurance; Free and additional life insurance; 401(k) match (50%); uniforms, paid time off. 

    More details: action-mechanical.com/apprenticeship-opportunity/

    Career Classes

    In addition, we periodically offer career skills designed to assist students in obtaining careers and/or further their career choice.   

    Job Search and Interview Skills: This course teaches students about job search techniques and skills in preparation for finding employment in the construction trades. Students learn about the different procedures for applying for apprenticeships and jobs, complete applications and prepare a resume listing relevant work experience, practice interviewing, and track career exploration activities.