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Department of ESL and High School Equivalency (HSE)/GED

Academic and Career Transformation through Adult Education

The ESL (English as a Second Language)  and high school equivalency (HSE)/GED is an academic program rich in high quality instruction, academic excellence, and career development. Our courses in ESL, HSE/GED, and the Adult High School Diploma (AHSD) position students on the path for success in college and the workforce.

We strive to help students become lifelong learners who have goals of reaching new heights in their personal, educational, and career development.


Shiela Artaz
Administrative Assistant II

Equivalent and able: Bridging the high school diploma gap

Two decades ago, Ana Reyes came to the United States. She didn’t speak English and she didn’t have a high school diploma.

Today, she is an active member of the Summit County community.

Read more: Equivalent and able: Bridging the high school diploma gap


High School Equivalency (HSE / GED)
Test preparation classes are available if you do not have your high school diploma.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Classes for adults who are non-native speakers of English. Most campuses offer classes from beginning to advanced levels.

The Workforce Diploma Pilot Program (WDPP) 

The WDPP is another pathway to earning your high school diploma.  For more information about this program, please call 719-486-4207.

Student Help/Resources

TRiO Student Support Services
One-on-one support at Leadville, Spring Valley and Steamboat Springs campuses for students who meet low-income, first-generation and disabled criteria. Learn more and apply.


How to Register for Classes