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Guidance Department

  • Welcome to the Chuck Shaw Technical Education Center Guidance Department. Our department oversees the registration, testing, and placement of all of our students. We are open Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 8:30 PM, and on Fridays from 8 AM to 3:00 PM. You can reach us directly at (561) 616-7811.

    Registration for ESOL and GED Classes

    The registration process takes place in the main office, where the students pay their tuition and receive their IDs. The students will indicate upon registration which of the 3 sessions they would like to attend. Students need to bring their official government-issued identification to register. After testing, they will receive their class schedule. Students will usually start class the day after testing. Placement is made on a space-available basis. 

    3 Sessions

    Day classes meet Monday through Friday. Session I goes from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Session II goes from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM and the evening session meets from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. The CSTEC has open enrollment for ESOL and GED students, so students can start anytime during the term. There are some exceptions. Classes are scheduled year-round, with the exception of a four-week break in the summer.  

    CASAS Test

    ESOL students take the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS). This test is used for student placement and is completed on the computer. The results are an assessment of the student's level of English proficiency in reading and listening, which is used for class placement. The complete CASAS test takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to complete.

    CASAS Goals Test

    GED / ABE students take the CASAS Goals test. This test is used for student placement and is completed on the computer. The results are an assessment of the student's strengths and weaknesses, which the teacher uses for academic planning. Students need to allow 2-3 hours for the testing process.

    GED / ABE Students Coming From High School

    Students who are at least 16 years old may enroll in the GED / ABE program once they are officially withdrawn from their high school. If they want to take the GED exam they will need to complete the age waiver form at GED.com The official GED Test and the Pre-GED Test are taken online.


    Regular attendance is required to advance student progress and assure a student's seat in the class. Ongoing assessments monitor students' progress in their studies. After 70 hours of class instruction, ESOL students are post-tested for academic gains. The GED-ABE students are post-tested after 60 hours of class instruction. Students are promoted based on standardized CASAS and CASAS Goals scores.

    Student Photo IDs

    Photo identification cards are taken every day in the Main Office. Students must wear their IDs at all times.