Southwestern Community College adult education & literacy program provides adults 17 and older accessible, quality instruction that develops life, work, and literacy skills. These skills provide the opportunity for higher learning, better pay and job potential, and a sense of accomplishment. All adult education and literacy classes are free and available at a number of locations throughout the eight-county area Southwestern serves. Programs include Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).

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For More Information on Adult Education and Literacy Programs
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
English as a Second Language (ESL)
High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) – (Formerly GED®)

Adult Education & Literacy helps eligible adults:

• Change their lives
• Learn to read and communicate
• Complete secondary school education
• Improve their reading, writing, math, and problem-solving skills
• Get the basic skills needed to be productive employees, family members, and citizens

Adult Education & Literacy students:
• Are 17 years of age or older
• Need and want to improve their basic skills
• Desire to improve their English language skills
• Are taking the first step to being more successful
• Desire or need training to gain or keep meaningful employment


Are you ready to enroll in the High School Equivalency (HSE) or English as a Second Language (ESL) program? HSE and ESL classes are FREE!

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Complete the online registration form - HSE & ESL Registration Form
  2. Sign up for Orientation at one of the SWCC Adult Education and Literacy sites-
    • Creston 641-782-1305
    • Osceola 641-782-1529
    • Red Oak 641-782-1547
    • Other 641-782-1497
  3. To request computer equipment to lend for online class options, complete the Needs Assessment form prior to orientation. - AEL Needs Assessment
  4. Attend classes face to face and/or online to achieve your goal!

HSE & ESL Registration FormAEL Needs AssessmentAEL Student Handbook