If you didn't graduate from high school, you can take equivalency tests to earn your diploma. In the past, this was called getting your GED, since that used to be the only test recognized by Colorado's Department of Education. There are now two other tests: the HiSet and Tasc. There are pros and cons to each test. The great news is that the state of Colorado has approved all three of them for earning your official high school equivalency credential.
This means that it’s up to you to decide which test would work best for you. Not only do the costs and fees differ, the test questions, academic subjects and how/where you can take a test can vary, depending on the test.
The Colorado Department of Education has a page on its website that explains the choice of testing. It also has links that you can click to find a place to take a GED test, HiSet test, or Tasc test. Click on the button below to get started.
Here are a few places where you can get help preparing for the high school equilavency tests.
If you live in the Denver metro area, the Emily Griffith Technical College’s GED program has a reputation for being one of the best in the state. The school offers an eight-week program at a reasonable cost (some scholarship money is available). Emily Griffith also offers adult basic education fundamental courses if you’re not ready to take the GED tests.
Community Educational Outreach is another great resource. The nonprofit has helped adults earn a GED for over 25 years. Their experienced instructors will help you decide which test is best for you, and help you through the process from start to finish. They’ll even assist you with the college/trade school entrance process after you’ve earned your high school equivalency diploma. GED instruction is currently offered at ICCS for people in the halfway house and during the evening hours for the general public at two locations in Douglas County. For more information, please contact Ian Stanford at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask at the Parker or Castle Rock libraries.
The Colorado Department of Education keeps a list of adult education programs throughout Colorado on its website. Click on the button below. Then click on Directory of Adult Education and Literacy Programs. Then click on Statewide Adult Education and Literacy Programs by County. This list will help you find something in your area.
Online high schools are another option to help you fill in gaps in your education. Here are a couple of options.
Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program funded by the Denver Public Library. Residents of the City and County of Denver who have completed eighth grade and are 19 years old or older are eligible to apply. Click on the button below to learn more and get started.
Knowledge Headquarters is a Boulder-based company that offers K-12 courses online through their e-Tutor program. As an enrolled student, you work on the courses you need or want on your computer. Everything is done by email. The courses are not free. Call for pricing and to learn more. Click on the button below to visit the Knowledge Headquarters website.
Getting an education isn't just about getting a better job and earning money. Getting an education gives you more control of your future. People with more education tend to live longer, be more involved in their communities, and happier. Nelson Mandela said education was "the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." After he was released from incarceration as a political prisoner, Nelson Mandela was the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.