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Adult Education

What Is Adult Education?
Adult education is a program that offers classes for students 17 years of age or older. Completion of classes may lead to a G.E.D. or Adult High School Diploma.

What Will I Learn?
Adult education classes include English, math, social studies, science, computer literacy, electives, and any other courses needed to graduate.

Why Should I Take Adult Education Classes?
  • Self-improvement, to feel better about oneself
  • Qualify for a better, higher paying job
  • Prepare for higher education
Who May Enroll?
You may enroll if you are an adult 17 years of age or older, you do not have a high school diploma, and you reside in Humboldt County.

How Much Does It Cost?
All classes are free.

Adult Diploma Program
This is a highly individualized and competency-based program that leads to an adult high school diploma. Students study at their own pace in a friendly atmosphere and receive course credit when knowledge of the course is demonstrated. The requirements for an adult high school diploma are 20-1/2 credits and passing the State of Nevada Proficiency Tests. It is sometimes possible to waive certain credits towards a diploma based on G.E.D. test scores.

General Education Development Test (G.E.D.)
The G.E.D. is an examination covering five areas: literature/arts, writing, social studies, math, and science. A G.E.D. certificate is often accepted by employers in place of a high school diploma. It also may be used to enroll at Great Basin College (GBC). G.E.D. study classes are self-paced. Instructors administer practice exams to help students become comfortable with the material before taking the actual test. Students may remain enrolled in a class until they feel they are adequately prepared. The G.E.D. test is given at the Job Opportunities in Nevada (JOIN) offices, located at 705 E. Fourth Street, and there is a $60 testing fee. Students must present Nevada photo identification before being allowed to take the G.E.D. test.

Prospective testers need to register on the GED wizard website if they have never taken the GED test, create an account and fill out the Demographic Survey before securing an appointment for the test. Print and present the “TEST ADMISSION TICKET” at the JOIN front desk Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments to test are secured on a first come first served basis. Please bring one form of ID with a photograph. A current government issued photo ID (Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID or Passport) will meet the criteria. A prospective examinee will need to fill out the JOIN in-house registration form, present their ID and pay a $60 non-refundable registration fee. A prospective examinee will choose their test date at that time and secure their GED testing appointment.

Adult Basic Literacy Education (A.B.L.E.)
This program is intended for adults who have very low basic skills in the areas of reading, writing, and math. These classes are for English-speaking adults.
Students attend small classes taught by tutors who provide highly individualized instruction. Students work at their own pace using materials for their own level. Some students move on to the G.E.D. classes from this program.

English As A Second Language (E.S.L.)
These classes are for non-English speaking adults. There are four levels of classes. Students are tested to determine which level they may enter. Classes are held mornings and evenings. Upon completing the highest level, students may enter the G.E.D. preparation program.