Charleston County School District, Office of Adult Education

Susan Friedrich, Director of Adult Education
3180 Thomasina Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29405
Serving: Charleston

Programs Offered

  • Adult Basic Education
  • Citizenship Preparation
  • Civic Literacy
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Digital Literacy
  • Employer-Endorsed Certificate or Credentialing Programs
  • English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Financial Literacy
  • Foundational Reading and Writing
  • High School Diploma
  • High School Equivalency (GED) Exam Testing
  • High School Equivalency (GED) Preparation
  • Integrated Education and Training (IET)
  • Workforce Development

Programs At Capacity

  • Additional instructors/ programs services are added based on learner and program need
  • None of our programs are at maximum capacity

Course Modalities

  • Fully online
  • Hybrid (virtual and in-person)
  • In-person courses

Assessment Tools

  • Best Literacy
  • Best Plus
  • State Assessment of Adult Literacy
  • TABE

Learner Goals

  • Citizenship preparation
  • Digital Literacy or support with technology
  • Employment goals
  • Get a better job
  • Help children with school
  • Learn English
  • Learn to Read
  • Obtain high school diploma or high school equivalency (HSE)
  • Work readiness

Wraparound Services

  • Job or career counseling
  • Resume writing
  • Transportation or support with access to transportation
  • WIOA and SC Works co-enrollment

Local Partners

  • Berkeley County Adult Education
  • Boeing
  • Charleston Adult Education
  • Charleston Chamber of Commerce
  • Charleston Council of Governments
  • Charleston County Adult Education
  • Charleston County Public Library
  • Charleston County School District
  • Charleston Promise Neighborhood
  • City of Charleston
  • City of North Charleston
  • Dorchester County Adult Education
  • Office of Adult Education
  • Our Lady of Mercy
  • readySC
  • SC Vocational Rehabilitation
  • SC Works Trident Region
  • Sheriff's Office of Charleston (Al Cannon Detention Center)
  • Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative
  • Trident Technical College
  • Volvo

National Partners

  • Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
  • Coalition of Adult Basic Education (COABE)
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation
  • ProLiteracy

Beyond program offerings, we asked leaders to think more about their organizational strengths and challenges in the local literacy ecosystem. The purpose of this chart is to identify potential opportunities for partnership. For example, health literacy may be an area for expansion.

Instructional Table
Essential Conditions
  • Community Development
  • Evidence-based practices
  • including book access)
  • Literacy Resources (access to, including book access)
  • Safe Learning Spaces
  • Skilled Educators/Teacher Training
  • Holistic Early Childhood Development Experiences
Foundational Literacies Building
  • Confidence, self-esteem, and love of learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Foundational skills in reading and writing
  • Numeracy
  • Critical Thinking
Advanced Literacies
  • Digital literacy
  • Literacy integration
  • Ownership of learning
  • Self-expression
  • Holistic Early Childhood Development Experiences
Civic Fluency
  • Capacity to learn
  • Civic Participation
  • Workforce upskilling
  • Health literacy

Additional Strengths

Charleston Adult Education has strong partnerships and collaborations with community agencies, business and industry, and workforce development.

Additional Needs

One need is: Additional funding to support students with their specific learning disabilities

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Number of Learners Served

More than 500 annually

Learner Population

  • Adults experiencing incarceration or re-entry
  • Adults in need of foundational reading and writing (ABE)
  • Adults seeking a high school diploma or equivalency
  • Adults seeking industry-specific credentials or certifications
  • Adults seeking workforce readiness or career skills
  • Adults with disabilities
  • English learners
  • Housing insecure or unhoused
  • Incumbent workers
  • New immigrants
  • Parents and Families
  • Unemployed and/or underemployed
  • Veterans

Enrollment System

Managed enrollment based on program location- registration is ongoing

Recruitment Types

  • Facebook
  • or other channels)
  • Referrals
  • Social Media (Instagram, TikTok, Twitter/X, Facebook, YouTube, or other channels)
  • TikTok
  • Twitter/X
  • Website
  • Word of Mouth
  • YouTube

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