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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 announce Racine Literacy Council's first 5.09  HSED classes. The 5.09 HSED is an approved, competency based, alternative diploma program. This means participants are not required to complete the five-timed computer exams required to obtain a GED or HSED.  Instead they demonstrate their skills and understanding of the material by completing course work such as projects, quizzes, class discussions, and homework. This is a free 25-week  program with 2.5 hours of required classes, Courses begin Monday October 8th, classes are held Monday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm at the Racine Literacy Council located at 734 Lake Ave.  The class is broken into three different sections taught by both Gateway and YWCA instructors.

In addition to receiving their HSED, students can also earn their 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, and helps to identify if an employee has the skills to be successful in a specific job. 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, college and career counseling to help them make an informed decision on the next step in their professional journey.    

The next class will begins October 8, 2018 and enrollment is currently underway. To enroll or learn more about the program, contact Carolyn Umfress at 262.977.2879 or carolyn.umfress@racineliteracy.com