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General Equivalency Diploma

GED

Get your GED or High School Equivalency

About GED and HiSET

The GED and HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) are two tests you can take for your diploma equivalency.  Our local providers offer preparation programs for both. Teachers offer a blend of in-class, online and individualized instruction to help you succeed. Earning your high school diploma equivalency shows employers you’re ready for the job and can open the door to higher education.  

Who are these classes for?

What will you learn?

Classes are for adults who are ready to earn their diploma equivalency. Instruction is in both English and Spanish.

  • Focus on preparing for and passing the GED or the HiSET test to earn your high school diploma equivalency

  • Develop strong study habits, understand the exam format and take practice tests

  • Improve your skills for college or career training

From our alumni...

“The people are so nice and so is my teacher. I am so thankful for her! Everyone is so friendly and we all have a laugh every day. I just love it.”
- Shams Murshid

LOCATIONS

294 Green Valley Road Watsonville CA  95076

840 N. Branciforte Ave. Santa Cruz, CA 95062

6500 Soquel Drive Aptos, CA 95003

318 Union St. Watsonville, CA 95076

Providers, Classes and Pricing for GED 

Take a look at some of the pricing and providers offering classes in Santa Cruz County.

Tips: Before you start...

Here are a few things to know about program requirements and preparation

  • Both the GED and HiSET programs provide you with an orientation and assessment to understand where you need the most support

Providers offering GED and HiSET 

WASC Adult Education

Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education offers educational programs to support your career growth, learn a new language, earn your diploma equivalency or create a pathway to college.

 

Classes and Pricing:

  • GED and HiSET preparation classes are FREE at WASC Adult Education

  • Students are required to attend an orientation and complete assessment

  • In-Person classes require that you attend classes 6-12 hours per week

  • Classes are held in the morning and evenings and new classes start each semester

  • Classes are for adults who speak English or Spanish


Provider Tips:  

  • Call for more information about classes 

  • More WASCAE tips

Community Bridges - La Manzana and Live Oak Community Resources​

Community Bridges staff build a warm, friendly, safe place for the community to access resources that offer stability and hope for the future. La Manzana and Live Oak Community Resources is part of the Community Bridges family.

 

Classes and Pricing:

  • Community Resources

  • Classes are focused on improving reading and writing (literacy) in Spanish and English 

  • Includes graduation certificates for elementary and secondary education

  • Classes meet weekly

 

Provider Tips:

Senderos

 

Senderos is a multi-service nonprofit creating successful pathways for the Latino community of Santa Cruz County and building cross-cultural connections locally and abroad. Tutoring and scholarships offered at Senderos for youth and adults promote biliteracy, biculturalism, academic skills, and higher education. 

Class and Pricing:

  • Classes are FREE through the Plaza Comunitaria program at Senderos

  • Classes are in-person

  • Classes are primarily for adults who speak Spanish. Teachers are bilingual

Provider Tips:

  • Registration is open throughout the school year. You may start at any time

  • If you need help registering, visit or call Senderos. Contact Nereida Robles at nrobles@sccs.net or (831) 854-7740

  • More Senderos registration tips

Cabrillo College

 

Cabrillo college offers online GED preparation courses. 

 

Class and Pricing:

  • The GED preparation course is offered online through Cabrillo Extension

  • Price is $108

  • Classes last six weeks

  • New classes start every month. Learn about session dates on the Cabrillo College website

Provider Tips:

  • Bilingual Cabrillo customer support people are available at both Aptos and Watsonville campuses to help you register for classes

  • Financial aid is available for many students

  • More Cabrillo registration tips