High School Equivalency (formerly GED)

The High School Equivalency (HSE) program at Haywood Community College offers adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to earn their high school credential. Our program provides instruction in four subject areas in preparation for taking the official GED® tests. These four subject areas are: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

We are a diverse learning community with a student-centered focus designed to engage, motivate, empower and encourage success toward completion of the HSE diploma. In the College & Career Readiness Department at Haywood Community College, we are committed to establishing a partnership between student and institution. The cornerstones of this partnership are rooted in shared goal-setting, collaboration and communication.

Traditionally, classes are small with students studying at their own pace. Our Instructors strive to create a nurturing and supportive classroom environment where individual's progress and successes are celebrated. Faculty and staff are available to provide students with the educational tools necessary to meet their learning goals.

Building Bridges to a Sustainable Future

Our programs teach basic academic and fundamental skills for tomorrow's jobs: problem solving, negotiating, organizing, creative thinking, listening and leadership.

College & Career Readiness Staff are available to support our graduates in their transition to continued edcuation, workforce development and/or renegotiating their position in the workplace. We support our students in building bridges toward a more sustainable future through partnerships and collaborations established by the college.

Where can a HSE (GED®) diploma take you?

  • 98% of colleges and universities that require a high school diploma accept the HSE credential
  • 96% of companies and corporations who require a high school degree accept applicants with a HSE credential for jobs

HSE (GED®)Quick Facts:

  • Over 18 million people have earned a GED® credential since 1942
  • According to the American Council on Education (ACE), individuals passing the GED® Tests have demonstrated a level of knowledge equal to or greater than 40% of graduating high school seniors
  • At Haywood Community College, our HSE (GED®) students range in age from 16 to 73 years old
  • In 2013, Haywood Community College celebrated over 130 High School Equivalency graduates

HSE (GED®) Program Information

Students may enroll in day, evening, or Online courses throughout the semester at various locations.

The first step to enrolling in the HSE program at Haywood Community College is to register for an Orientation session by contacting our Recruiter Office at (828) 565-4182 or our Administrative Office at (828) 627-4648.

Prospective students 16-17 years of age will be required to meet eligibility requirements in order to participate. For more information about these requirements, please contact our Administrative Office.

Courses are competency-based and there are no costs for tuition, books or materials. However, the test fee for each official HSE (GED®) exam is $20.00 per test. A scholarship is available for eligible candidates to cover this test fee. For more information, please contact our Recruiter Office.

Official Pearson Vue GED® Test Center

Our Official Test Center is located on Haywood Community College's Main Campus, in the 300 Building, Room# 380.  Please enter through the Administrative Offices Suite, #372.