The Adult Literacy Department at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa offers free classes in the areas of High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Preparation (formerly known as the GED®), Spanish High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Preparation and English as a Second Language (ESL) in many communities in NCC’s district (which includes Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, Lyon and the Marcus part of Cherokee counties).
NCC’s FREE HSED Preparation Classes
HSED stands for High School Equivalency Diploma. In the past, Iowans took the GED® test to obtain their HSED; Iowa has now moved to the HiSET® test which was developed by ETS.
NCC offers orientations, class and practice tests to help prepare students for the HiSET® Exam. These orientations and classes are offered in several different locations (Sheldon, Orange City and Hawarden) and at various times (Morning, Afternoon and Evening) and levels (Basic Skills, Pre-HSED, and HSED). The steps to earn your HiSET diploma are:
- Sign up for an orientation (see schedule below) by calling (712) 324-5061 ext 137.
- Attend the orientation where you will learn more about NCC’s free HSED preparation classes and take an entry test to determine your skill level.
- You will speak to or meet with an instructor to discuss your scores and your options for classes.
- You will begin attending a mandatory class (most classes are on an 8 week schedule).
- At the end of the class, your skill level will be evaluated with a test in both reading and math.
- Depending on the class you attend and your improvement, you will either move up to another class or take the one or more of the five subject practice tests.
- After you pass a subject practice test, you may schedule and take the final test for that subject.
- Once you have taken and passed all five subject tests you will have earned your Iowa High School Equivalency Diploma.
NCC’s Free Spanish HSED Preparation Classes
NCC offers free Spanish High School Equivalency (HSED) preparation classes in three central locations (Orange City, Sioux Center and Sheldon).
NCC’s Free English as a Second Language (ELL) Classes
Free classes help teach local English Language Learners to speak, hear, read and write English as it is relevant to their lives. Topics include health, shopping, employment, daily living, food, and more!
Classes are free. Students need to purchase their own workbook if they would like to use it outside of the classroom or write in it. All levels of English Language Learners are welcome. Depending on the location and demand for instruction, classes may be offered based on the levels of the students (for example: an English Language Learners Beginners or Advanced class).
For additional information on adult education opportunities provided by Northwest Iowa Community College, please visit our website or call us at (712) 324-5061 extension 137.