Adult Education and Literacy

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 ETS, to earn Iowa’s HSED.


High School Equivalency Diploma orientations are held five times a year on NCC’s campus at 9am and 5pm. The 2022 orientation dates are:

  • January 19
  • March 30
  • June 8
  • August 17
  • October 26

To sign up for an orientation, call 712-631-5657 or 712-324-5061 ext. 332 or email the adult literacy office at


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 should call 712-324-5061 ext 332 or email and register for one of the orientations.

¿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.  Los estudiantes deberán llamar 712-324-5061 ext 332 o correo electrónico y registrarse para una de las orientaciones.

ESL Orientations

English as a Second Language orientations are held on NCC’s campus and in surrounding communities. To sign up for an orientation call 712-324-5061 ext. 332 or email the adult literacy office at

Las orientaciones de inglés como segundo idioma se llevan a cabo en el campus de NCC y en las comunidades circundantes. Para inscribirse para una orientación, llame al 712-324-5061 ext. 332 o envíe un correo electrónico a la oficina de alfabetización de adultos a