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High School Completion (HiSET)

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The Adult Basic Education program emphasizes basic skills in computation and communication. Some basic living skills are also taught. This program is designed for adults functioning at eighth grade level or below. Adult students, 19 years of age or older, may attend classes in reading, writing, math, social studies and science. You may attend for the purpose of "brushing up" skills or in preparation to pass the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)

Instruction for high school completion is conducted on an individual basis depending on your individual needs. Assessments are given to you to determine which areas you need to study before taking the HiSET examination. This program is directed toward adults who are at least 18 years of age, out of school, and have not completed the requirements for a high school diploma. Upon completing this program, you receive a high school equivalency diploma from the state of Iowa. Students may prepare by attending HiSET classes in any of the five subject test areas: writing, reading, math, social studies and science. HiSET testing services are available in each county. The test fee is $50.

High School Recovery Credit Program

Students have the opportunity to take a variety of high school courses at Iowa Lakes Community College.  Courses are offered on the campuses of Emmetsburg, Estherville, Algona and Spencer.  These courses are independent study, which allows the student to work at his or her own pace.  All work is completed in the Success Center.

Each 1 credit high school course can be taken at a cost of $100 (this is non-refundable).  The student has one year to complete the required coursework, starting from the day the course was paid.  Once the course is complete, a transcript will be sent to the high school.

Instruction is determined by request and referrals from the local school district.  All students are required to receive signed permission from his or her school district before beginning each course.

Call Continuing Education for more information: 

712-362-7231 or 800-252-5664

Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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