High School Diploma Options

Adult Education and Literacy

Getting Your High School Diploma in Northwest Iowa can seem complicated and overwhelming. We are here to help. Everyone’s situation is unique so the best thing to do is to contact us to figure out the best path. Call 712-631-5657 text 712-344-2178 or email adultliteracy@nwicc.edu.

Our Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) department offers free classes in:

  • High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Preparation (formerly known as the GED)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

NCC’s FREE HSED Preparation Classes

HSED stands for High School Equivalency Diploma.

Students in Iowa study for and take the HiSET test, developed by PSI, to earn Iowa’s HSED.

The GED is not available in Iowa. The High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) is the only highschool diploma test in the state. NCC’s Adult Education and Literacy program is the onlyprovider of the HiSET in Northwest Iowa.

You must be at least 16 years and 9 months to take the HiSET. You cannot be currently enrolled in a high school.

It depends. If your in-take assessment shows you are ready for the HiSET, you will only need to complete a minimum number of hours. It is more typical for students to spend several months on each of the five subjects.

The state of Iowa requires all students receive instruction before taking the HiSET. We offer classes year round on campus 9am-noon and online for students who are unable to attend in person. Students can only join a class at the beginning of one of our five nine-week terms.

No. We can help any adult in Northwest Iowa get a high school diploma regardless of immigration status.

All High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) classes are free. The test is $15.00/section, and there are scholarships available.

We offer ESL support for HSED students. Classes are taught in English.

The HiSET exam is available in both English and Spanish.

Official copies of Diplomas and Transcripts may be obtained from Diploma Sender. The new ordering service makes getting a copy of your documents as easy as:

Visit Diploma Sender online, diplomasender.com
Complete the online order form using a credit, debit, cashier’s check or money order for the $15 payment
Check the appropriate delivery method for receipt of your document, email, FedEx, or regular mail

Iowa Department of Education no longer processes duplicate diploma or transcript requests. ALL Iowa HSED requests are processed through Diploma Sender. NO state agency or community college program can assist in HSED requests.

Sender is a safe website that can be accessed from public computers with internet connections, often available at local public libraries. If you cannot access the internet to order online or have additional issues related to your order, contact Diploma Sender toll free at 18553135799. Additional charges may apply

Attend an Orientation.

High School Equivalency Diploma orientations are held five times a year on NCC’s campus at 9am and 5pm. The next orientation date is:

NCC – Sheldon
Tuesday, July 2, 2024 @ 9am or 5pm

NCC – Sheldon
Wednesday, September 4 @ 9am or 5pm

 To sign up for an orientation, call Amy at 712-631-5657, text 712-344-2178,  or email the adult literacy office at adultliteracy@nwicc.edu


Are you or someone you know interested in improving your English speaking, writing or reading skills? Or would you like to earn your High School Equivalent Diploma formerly known as a “GED”? NCC offers free classes for English language learners and preparation for the High School Equivalency Diploma Students.

¿Usted o alguien a quien usted conoce está interesado en mejorar sus habilidades de hablar, escribir o leer en Inglés? O ¿Le gustaría obtener su Diploma Equivalente a la Preparatoria conocido anteriormente como “GED”? NCC ofrece clases gratis para estudiantes aprendices del idioma Inglés y preparación del Diploma Equivalente. 

ESL Orientations
English as a Second Language orientations are held on NCC’s campus and in surrounding communities.

July 1, 20246:00PMSheldon — NCC Classroom B204, Bldg B
July 2, 20249:30AMSioux Center Public Library — Computer Lab
July 2, 20245:30PMSioux Center Public Library — Computer Lab
August 26. 20246:00PMSheldon — NCC Classroom B204, Bldg B
August 29, 20245:30PMSioux Center Public Library — Computer Lab
August 30, 20249:30AMSioux Center Public Library — Computer Lab

Las orientaciones de inglés como segundo idioma se llevan a cabo en el campus de NCC y en las comunidades circundantes.

Glenda Barrios, Bilingual Pathways Navigator & Academic Specialist

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