GED is now HSED
IOWA FALLS - The GED no longer exists in Iowa. Instead, the HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) will be issued by the Iowa Department of Education when students pass the required tests. HSED classes begin at Ellsworth Community College on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 1:00-5:00 pm. Classes are held in the Trades & Industry Building, on the corner of River St. and Elm, in room 104. Sherilyn Hitch, HSED Instructor, invites anyone who does not have a high school diploma to come to the first class or contact her for more information. The cost for fall tuition is $25, the textbook is $25, and the testing fee is $60.
Students earn their HSED in various ways. Classroom instruction is offered during the week in the subject areas of math, social studies, literature, science, and writing. Individuals can begin working toward their HSED at any time during the months of Sept. through May. During that time, HSED testing is offered once a month in Iowa Falls. Attendance is required while students improve their skills in preparation for testing. An online study course is also available for those who qualify. Hitch says, "The help and encouragement from a teacher and classmates often make a huge difference in success. Official testing is only available at approved HSED testing sites, so don't waste money on online offers."
If you or someone you know needs to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma, contact Sherilyn Hitch at Ellsworth Community College, (641) 648-8644 or toll free at 1-800-322-9235 ext. 8644.