GEORGETOWN – Danville Area Community College is expanding into southern Vermilion County this fall by offering dual-credit courses and GED/HSE preparation courses.

The courses, which start the third week of August, will be taught in the evening at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School.

Those interested in enrolling in any of the classes are encouraged to attend one of the three “all-in-one” signup days being offered at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School. The first one is set from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. Two more signups days are set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, and from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

During the signup events, on-site services will be available including orientation, placement testing, academic advisement, career services, financial aid, registration, tutoring, TRiO, American Job Center and Vermilion County Works.

“We haven’t done anything south of Westville, other than we have GED night classes in Westville,” DACC President Stephen Nacco said.

“There is a whole gamut of services that the college and American Job Center provide that haven’t been available to the people in the southern part of the county,” he said. “We want to open those services to the south.”

Some of the services include child care, transportation and food assistance to those who are enrolled in classes and qualify for assistance.

Dual-credit courses will start Aug. 19 and run through Dec. 13. The courses that will be offered on Mondays include communication skills from 6-9 p.m. and survey of statistics from 5:30-9:30 p.m.; developmental math: pre-algebra and business computer systems, both from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays; rhetoric & composition I from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays; and introduction to psychology from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays.

“These are general education classes that will transfer everywhere,” Nacco said of the dual-credit courses. “We’re saying to adults that they can try college out; just dip their toe in it. High school students can enroll in these classes as dual credit.

“Either way, you’re putting college credits in your pocket,” he said.

GED/HSE (high school equivalency) courses, which are free of charge to residents of DACC’s District 507, will be offered from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will run from Aug. 20 through Dec. 12.

“These classes will be free to those who are unemployed or their income level qualifies for federal support,” Nacco said.