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GED® and HSED Programs

If you don't have your high school diploma, earning your GED® or HSED is the next step before going to college and pursuing a career field you'll love. We can help you through all stages from test preparation to taking the tests to starting your career path.

And, High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) and GED® testing prep classes are FREE at NWTC.

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Why Start Now?

  • Get FREE test preparation at any NWTC campus or regional learning center – including GED® Ready vouchers for GED® practice tests.
  • Learn from our testing experts who will be with you all the way.
  • Choose from a variety of class times to meet your busy schedule.
  • Get closer to your goals! Complete your GED® or HSED and then start taking regular college classes.
  • Scholarships are available to help pay for testing.

Eligibility Requirements

We look forward to working with you! But first, let's make sure you meet these requirements:

  • You must be at least 18.5 years old, or your 9th grade class must have graduated.
  • You must be a Wisconsin resident.
  • You must not be currently enrolled in a public or private high school.
  • You must not be a high school graduate.

Students who are still enrolled in High School, and are off-track for graduation have options to receive an HSED through Alternative High School. To start the referral process, contact your High School Counselor. 

Ability to Benefit

Help is available to pay for classes. Ability to Benefit is a program allowing students who have not received a high school diploma to be eligible for Federal student aid to help pay for your college-level courses.

To find out if you're eligible:

Preparation and Testing

HSED and GED® Test Prep and Assessments

NWTC offers free test preparation, including TABE pre-testing, classes designed to help students prepare, and practice tests. Contact any of the NWTC campuses or regional center locations listed below to get started.

When you're ready to take your HSED or GED® test, visit one of the locations marked as Test Center below.

Gain Career Skills While You Earn Your HSED or GED®

Check out our Career Pathways Bridge programs, which include Welding, Electricity, Industrial Technician Fundamentals, Medical Assistant, and Nursing Assistant.

For more information, contact our Adult Education Navigator at or 920-491-2693 (call or text).

After Testing

GED®/HSED Graduation

What's next?

Start taking college classes. You can do it! Choose from over 200 academic programs at NWTC. If you're unsure about your career path, we can help you find career fields that fit your interests and strengths.

Will the NWTC experience challenge you? Yes, but it's worth it. And don't worry, our academic coaches and advisors are dedicated to helping you succeed!

To get started, contact our Adult Education Navigators:

Shelley Karnz
Shelley Karnz
Adult Basic Education Navigator
Sofia Herrera Arias
Sofia Herrera Arias
Part-Time Bilingual Adult Educ

Contact Us

Adult  Education Support Specialist
Phone: 920-498-5686   |   Email:

Gabriela Curbelo Vallejo
Support Spec, Adult Basic Ed
Kelly Severson
Support Spec, Adult Basic Ed
Melissa Berrocal
Part-Time Office Asst, Basic E

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