The Osceola Center offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for English Language Learners (ELL) and HSED classes for completion of the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test, formerly known as the GED). Please call to make an appointment: 641.342.3531, ext. 529.
HiSET (High School Equivalency Test)
The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) is an assessment of skills and knowledge comparable to those of a high school graduate. It is not to be considered a substitute for completing high school and earning a diploma. It is an alternative for those who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to finish high school. HiSET has replaced GED in the state of Iowa as the assessment tool used to award the High School Equivalency Diploma.
The HiSET test is a series of five tests covering writing, science, math, literature and the arts, and social studies. These tests require the test taker to apply reading, math, language, and critical thinking skills. Passing the HiSET test series allows students to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) awarded by the Iowa Department of Education.
English as Second Language (ESL) Classes
English as a Second Language classes are designed for English Language Learners (ELL) who speak, write, and read best in their native language and desire to learn and /or improve English language skills. The classes are available to adults 17 years and older and focus on English for daily living and communication skills in the workplace. Classes and materials are student-centered and communication-based. The curriculum is designed to be flexible based on individual needs. Teachers provide opportunities not only to learn from an instructor but also for students to work together and find strength in each other and their experiences. Students work independently and interactively in pairs and small groups.
Students work to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English in a supportive, friendly environment. Class participants also learn about U.S. culture, government, and the responsibilities and benefits of citizenship. ESL classes are open to people from any country or culture. Classes at some sites are offered at either a beginner or intermediate/advanced level. Students will take a pre-assessment in reading and listening to help determine their level of English.
SWCC’s AEL program can also partner with local employers to offer English as Second Language classes in the workplace.
ESL Frequently Asked Questions
For a complete listing of adult and continuing education offerings through Southwestern, please visit the adult and continuing education department's web pages.