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Coldwater Community Schools welcomes new Adult Continuing Education director

COLDWATER (WTVB) - The Coldwater Community Schools has a new program coordinator for the Adult Continuing Education Program. Pam VanZuilen has a long history in education including over 25 years in education with 13 years working in the classroom, grant writing, tutor and family child care.  She will also retain her position in the district as integrated technology educator.  Many changes are planned for the program including a new clerk, teaching staff the addition of the new program director, Dixie Koenemann.  Registration for the program will be ongoing at Coldwater High School Media Center.  The high school program will also work in conjunction with the Lincoln Elementary Mom’s Class, the Branch County Jail, and Michigan Works. VanZuilen says the program will have open enrollment to accommodate all individuals who need to obtain their GED. This is the first time the program has had a community consortium encompassing many organizations. Currently, GED tests will be held at Coldwater High School with the hopes of offering pencil and paper tests every other week until December 30, 2013.  CHS will become an online GED testing center with trained GED test personnel.  After the testing center is open, testing will be offered weekly. CHS will be offering classes from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Classes at Michigan Works will be offered Tuesday through Thursday, with ongoing classes at the jail.  The Lincoln School’s culturally-sensitive Mother’s Program will be held Monday through Thursday from 1-2:30 p.m. There are many changes coming to the GED testing due to the demand for increased rigor in obtaining the high school diploma or its alternate, the GED certificate in January 2014.  The familiar paper-and-pencil test will be replaced by a test that is taken on a computer.  This new test fully replaces the old test with the side effect being that anyone who has begun the old exam but has not yet completed it will have to completely start the test again.  All sub-tests which may have been passed will be nullified and the student must retake them on the computer meeting the new more rigorous standards.  If you wish to obtain your GED, have questions regarding other services Coldwater Adult Continuing Education has to offer, or would like to register please call Pam VanZuilen at 517-279-5930 ext. 294.