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Opening the Door to Education

5.09 High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)

The Racine Literacy Council (RLC,) in partnership with Gateway Technical College and the YWCA of Southeastern Wisconsin, are pleased to offer nightly 5.09 HSED classes. The 5.09 HSED (high school equivalency diploma) is an approved, competency-based, alternative diploma program. This means participants are not required to complete the five-timed computer GED exams (minus the Civics test).  Instead, they demonstrate their skills and understanding of the material by completing course work such as projects, quizzes, class discussions, and homework. It is a free 25-week long program with 2.5 hours of required classes, broken into three different sections taught by either Gateway or YWCA instructors. The RLC hosted its first 5.09 class from October 8, 2018 to April 25, 2019 and had the pleasure of seeing seven adults graduate with their high school diploma. At least 6 out of the 7 graduates planned to go to college and seek professional degrees.

(The RLC’s 2019 first graduating 5.09 HSED class ^)

In addition to receiving their HSED, students will attempt to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC is an assessment measuring the abilities of a potential employee in three important work-related areas: reading, math, and locating information. While the main goal of the program is to provide individuals with their high school credential, another important part of the program is to prepare individuals for life beyond their high school credential. The hope is that program graduates will continue with their education to obtain additional credentials or degrees. While attending the class, students will receive soft skills training and college and career counseling to help them make an informed decision on the next step in their professional journey.    

The second cohort will begin Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 5:30 pm - 8:00pm at the Racine Literacy Council, located at 734 Lake Ave. Enrollment is currently underway. To enroll or learn more about the program, contact Carolyn Umfress at 262.977.2879 or carolyn.umfress@racineliteracy.com.