Earn Your High School Diploma

  You didn't finish high school? Life happens!

NOW is the perfect time to complete your high school diploma and get your GED or HSED in just a few weeks with our virtual or in person instructional opportunities. We can help you figure out where you are and what you need to finish. To get started with these FREE adult education classes, complete the form below or call 715-833-6400 to discuss your personalized options.


GED vs HSED– What's the Difference?

The good news is, most colleges and employers accept both!

General Educational Development (GED)

​The GED is a certificate awarded for successfully completing tests in the following high school academic areas:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Civics
  • Mathematical Reasoning

Age - You must be at least 18 years and six months old.

Class Status​ - You are required to attend school until the end of the school term, quarter or semester of the school year in which you become 18 years of age. If you are not 18 years and six months old, you may still take the test if the class with whom you entered ninth grade has graduated from high school.

Residency - You must be a legal resident of Wisconsin; you may be asked to prove residency. ​

​High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)

There are many variations of HSED, and different completion options can be used for the HSED certificate such as:

  • Completed high school credits
  • Passing an official GED assessment
  • Passing a GED Ready assessment
  • Complete a health and employability skills requirement
  • SAT (16-18- varies depending on course)
  • ACT (English score 18, reading score 19)

​Get Help to Complete GED/HSED Requirements

You can work one on one with an instructor to complete all GED and HSED requirements. Our faculty and staff will work with you to determine your strengths and areas for improvement. We’ll help you succeed by learning in a way that best suits your needs.

GED/HSED Orientation/Welcome Session (in-person or online)

The State of Wisconsin requires all GED/HSED students to complete an orientation. Please call or email to schedule your orientation/welcome session. We offer in-person or virtual options for your convenience.

Steps to Complete your GED/HSED

  1. Obtain your high school transcript

  2. Attend Orientation/Welcome Session
    Email: adultedservices@cvtc.edu
    Phone: 715-833-6400

    At the Orientation/Welcome session you will:

    • Submit your high school transcript
    • Complete required paperwork
    • Create accounts (CVTC accounts/email and GED Portal)
    • Receive general information, resources, and technology
    • Complete a career assessment and activity
    • Develop a Personal Education Plan
    • Complete Your TABE Assessment
  3. Begin Preparing for Your GED/HSED
    Within the first week of completing your orientation/welcome session, an instructor will contact you to review your high school transcript and develop a plan to complete your GED/HSED requirements.

Learning Center Locations

Online and in-person instructional opportunities are available at the following CVTC locations:

​Eau Claire
620 W. Clairemont Avenue
BEC Room 111

Chippewa Falls
770 Scheidler Road
Room 102

403 Technology Drive East
Room 103

River Falls
500 S. Wasson Lane
Room 100

11 Tiff Avenue
Room 102


Contact us for more information. adultedservices@cvtc.edu or 715-833-6400

High School Contract

The High School Contract program is an agreement between CVTC and your high school that allows you to earn your HSED at CVTC in lieu of attending high school. If you are a current high school student that is at least 17 years of age and are at-risk of not graduating from high school, the CVTC High School Contract program may be an option for you.

// Learn more about the High School Contract program

Earn your HSED while enrolled in a program!

CVTC offers an Ability to Benefit program which allows students to earn both a college credential and HSED at the same time. Explore this program.

Get in Touch

Ready to start earning your high school diploma?

Send us an email or give us a call at 715-833-6400 to discuss your options, schedule a 1:1 meeting, and answer all your questions.

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