GED and ESL
Adult Education, GED, and ESL Programs
What is Adult Education?
Adult Education is an educational program for anyone 18 years of age or older who is not in school but wants to improve reading, writing, or math skills, or wants to obtain a GED. These courses can help you build the academic skills necessary for employment, admission to college or occupational training programs.
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes can help you learn or improve English language skills.
Citizenship preparation courses are available to help prepare you to go through the naturalization process.
What is ESL?
English as a Second Language classes help you learn or improve English language skills such as speaking, reading, or writing in English.
¿Qué es ESL?
Las clases de Inglés como Lenguaje Segundo les ayudan a aprender o mejorar sus habilidades en hablar, leer o escribir inglés.
Why should I attend citizenship preparation classes?
If you are seeking U.S. citizenship, these classes will help you gain the information and skills necessary to complete the application for naturalization, succeed in the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) interview, and pass the U.S. history, government, and English literacy tests required for naturalization. While you do not actually complete the tests as part of the class, you will be better prepared for the tests when you are required to take them during the naturalization process.
What is a GED?
The GED is a test that measures what you know about subjects taught in high school. Most colleges and employers consider the GED equivalent to a high school diploma.
Why do I need a GED?
If you have a high school diploma, you don’t need a GED; however, if you don’t have a high school diploma, you may need a GED to get into college or training programs. Some students may wish to work on all the subjects necessary to take the GED tests and others may only need to improve specific skills, such as math or reading to improve their employment opportunities. Many employers require a GED for employment or promotions.
Is it hard?
That depends on your background since it’s different for every individual. For some, it’s a challenge to pass the GED, but anything worth having is worth the work you put into it. We’ll help you with every step.
What is the cost?
For any of the adult education courses, a $20 registration fee must be paid when you attend the first class. If you are seeking a GED, the total GED testing fee is $120; however, you will actually pay $30 per test as you register to take each of the four tests.
Who is eligible?
If you are over the age of 18 and not enrolled in another school, you are eligible for enrollment. Please call 308.635.6770 regarding special enrollment requirements for 16 and 17-year-olds.
How do I get started?
Call 308.635.6770 or stop by any of the Adult Education offices where you’re always welcome! Next, attend one of the orientation sessions.
When are the orientation sessions?
Orientation sessions are offered each month, so you can get started any time. Typically, GED orientation sessions are held twice per month from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and ESL orientation sessions are held three times per month. Call 308.635.6770 for exact dates and times.
Do I have to come to Scottsbluff to study?
The central office (and one of the study sites) is located in the Williams Building, on the WNCC Campus in Scottsbluff. You’ll find us on the north end of the Williams Building, (the building with the blue roof), east of the Main Administration Building. We also have study locations in six counties across the panhandle, or services are available across Nebraska. Distance learning is also available to qualified students.
There are a number of locations around the Nebraska Panhandle. Find the one closest to you! If you have questions about any of the locations, you can always call our central office at 308.635.6770.
Scotts Bluff County
- Williams Building, 1601 E 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, 308.635.6770
- Guadalupe Recreational Center, 1200 E 9th Street, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, 308.635.6775
- One Stop Career Center, 505A Broadway, Suite 300, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, 308.632.1398
- Blue house across from high school, 817 N. Oak St., Gordon, NE 69343. 308.635.6769
- Early Head Start Building, 255 Chadron Ave. Chadron, NE 69337, 308.747.2017
- WNCC Campus, 371 College Dr. #137, Sidney, NE 69162, 308.254.7458
- Kimball High School, 901 S Nadine Street, Kimball, NE 69145, 308.750.6796
Box Butte County
- WNCC Campus Alliance City Library, 1750 Sweetwater Ave. #101, Alliance, NE 69301, 308.763.2018
Citizenship Preparation Classes*
Students gain information and knowledge necessary to:
- Complete the application for naturalization
- Succeed in the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) interview
- Pass the U.S. history, government and English literacy tests required for naturalization
*Note: Participants in the class do not actually take the citizenship test; this class is intended to prepare students for the naturalization process.
Classes begin soon!
- Location: Williams Building, (look for the blue roof) at the WNCC Campus, Scottsbluff
Call 308.635.6770 for exact dates.
Get started today! Call the Adult Education Office at 308.635.6770.