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What times are classes offered in Chilton?

The ABE Lab hours at the Chilton Center are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a. m. to noon, and also Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p. m. Students can arrange their hours to fit around their work schedules or family obligations. ABE students do not feel singled out or self-conscious about coming here to the Chilton Center, because students of all ages are coming and going during the center’s open hours for a variety of classes besides our ABE program.

How long will it take to complete a GED or HSED?

ABE is a self-paced program—students work at their own pace. Each student and each course is unique, but the instructor can often estimate when the student will be finished. It is up to the student to put in the necessary time and effort to complete the assigned work.

About our instructor

Sally Thiede is the Adult Basic Education instructor at the Chilton Center. She is from Neenah and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and her master’s degree at Viterbo University in La Crosse. Before joining our staff in January, she was an adjunct ABE instructor for nine years at other Fox Valley Technical College campuses. Sally is fluent in Spanish, having also taught middle school Spanish for several years. She is married with two daughters, and lives in Sherwood.

What do students have to say about FVTC Center and our Adult Basic Education Program?

One of our students told us that he quit school to take a job at age 18 “by signing a paper in his high school guidance counselor’s office and walking out the door.” Now in mid-life with a family, the student needs a diploma, because “there are no job options without one” and he really wishes he had stayed in school or gotten his HSED years ago. Being older, he feels more driven to do this. As a result, the student is coming in to the ABE Lab at the Chilton Center and working toward his HSED. He also has told us that he feels comfortable learning in this environment.

Another one of our ABE students is also taking an additional class here for Technical School credit. She is enrolled in a Microsoft Office class to increase her future work options.

FVTC Chilton Center had an Adult Basic Education Program Open House on Saturday, April 16.

For more information, please call FVTC Chilton Center at 849-4416 or toll-free at (800) 843-4131.