Lanier Technical College also offers Free ESL and GED classes. Call the number below for information about the next placement exam and the locations for the classes. Not all classes will be taught at the testing location.
There is no tuition charge for Adult Education and ESL classes. Books are provided free for classroom use. There is a $160 fee for the GED Tests. For further information on Adult Education, call 770.531.6363 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday or call one of our eight county locations:
Placement Testing Sites. ( may not be where the actual class is taught. )
- Dawson County Adult Education Center
408 Highway 9 North
Dawsonville, GA 30534
- Forsyth County Adult Education Center
3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd
Cumming, GA 30041
770.781.6987 (Lanier Technical College Forsyth Campus)
- Gainesville-Hall County Adult Education Center (ESL only)
4 1/2 Stallworth St.
Gainesville, GA 30501
- Wood’s Mill Adult Education Center (GED only)
719 Woodsmill Road
Gainesville, GA 3050
- Lumpkin County Adult Education Center
150B Johnson Street
Dahlonega, GA 30533
For more information about the registration dates for the Free ESL classes offered through Gwinnett Tech, please see the link below. This is a great option for a first class. This will give you a chance to improve your English skills and think about what you would like to take next. Count up the number of hours you spend in class and that is the number of hours you can deduct from the 72 minimum hours required by the State Department for your Au Pair program.
Gwinnett Technical College
5150 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday choose from one of the following time slots:
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday or Saturday
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Milton Center (North Fulton) 86 School Drive Alpharetta, GA 30009
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 6:00–9:00 p.m
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Vacation Information For Au Pairs
Begin to think about your holiday as soon as you have settled in with your family, in most cases about a month. Every Au pair has 11 days of holiday, unless you were in rematch. An Au pair in her second family will have her vacation pro-rated between the two families. If she did not take any vacation with her first family, she will be paid for those earned days. The total 11 days will be lessened by this amount for the second family. It is usually best to take two smaller vacations instead of one long vacation. You can think of one holiday per every six months. You will plan to back up your five days off with your weekend off, giving you a longer holiday.
Start talking with other Au pairs about their travel plans. A group trip can be a great way to travel and save money. Trek America, and Cultural Highway have wonderful pre-planned trips. You can also find great deals through the internet, especially on cruise lines. Try www.mytravelco.com or www. vacationstogo.com. As soon as you have an idea, you will want to talk it over with your host family. They will need time to arrange for alternate childcare or to arrange their vacation at the same time. It might not be possible for the family to accommodate a certain date. Often, a family will know in advance when they want you to take your vacation. This works well, if everyone knows in advance, at least three months.
There are special papers and in some cases visas that will be needed, if you plan to travel outside the United States. These can take up to four weeks, so plan ahead. Refer to the Au Pair In America website for more details about travel outside the USA. There is even a link to your country’s consulate if you have special questions. Canada and Mexico travel is discussed on the web site. You will also need to get your DS-2019 form signed by Au Pair In America for travel outside the USA. You can learn how to go about this on the web site. When mailing your DS-2019 form to Au Pair in America, you need to use UPS or Fed Ex. These mailing services can track a letter and find where it is, in case it gets lost. If you send it regular mail, you cannot “find” it if it gets lost. An Au Pair in the thirteenth month or in an extension term cannot travel outside the USA.
Sometimes vacationing can be confusing. If you go on your host family’s vacation with them, it is not your vacation. It should be thought of as a regular work week with a schedule. All travel and hotel expenses should be paid for by the family. If you have time off during the vacation, your personal expenses are your responsibility. Taking a separate vacation from your family is an important break for you. This allows everyone to benefit. A little fun time away should leave you refreshed and once again ready to give your best to the children in your charge.
Au Pairs Traveling outside the United States
Any au pair who is planning to travel outside of the United States ( with her host family or on her on) during her program term must make sure she checks with the embassy or consulate of the country being visited to find out if an additional visa is required. It is also important that she checks the status of her J1 visa in her passport and the date of expiration. She must have her DS2019 signed by a member of staff in the Stamford office and returned before she departs for her trip. It must be an original signature for validation. The DS2019 should be mailed at least three weeksprior to the departure date for the trip. It should be mailed with the travel validation request form which can be found here: http://www.aupairinamerica.com/pdf/travform.pdf and a return self addressed stamped envelope and a check for $10 if the au pair wants it to be returned by 2 day UPS delivery. Once this is signed, it is good for the year. Should an Au Pair extend, her new DS2019 would be need to be signed again for the new term. The consulates and additional info for travel to Mexico and Canada can be found on the APIA website.
If you are planning to travel advise your community counselor and a travel letter can be provided to you. This is in addition to the documents noted above, but can be helpful.