Consider Iowa Western for any type of learning you’re interested in, either for personal interest or career advancement. Our adult education services include:
- HiSET preparation,
- career advising,
- review of reading, writing, and math skills,
- HiSET Academy,
- specific skills training such as keyboarding or using measurements, and
- survival English for English as a Second Language (ESL) students.
During orientation, students are assessed in reading and math. After discussion and consultation, students are then assigned to a class that best meets their needs. Iowa Western serves a seven-county area providing Adult Education services at the Iowa Western campus in Council Bluffs, and the Iowa Western Centers in Atlantic, Clarinda, Harlan, and Shenandoah. A $25 registration fee is due at the time of registration and is valid through June 30.
Redefine your success with a high school equivalency diploma.
Iowa Western offers preparation courses and exam opportunities for adults to take the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), formerly known as the GED. The High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) is equivalent to a high school diploma. Our staff will be with you every step of the way, providing guidance and support. Choose a location and class schedule that fits your needs.
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Council Bluffs Campus
Kinney Hall top floor
Morning and evening orientations are available. Call to schedule orientation
HiSet and ESL Class Sessions
- Jan. 11 – Mar. 3
- Mar. 8 – Apr. 28
- May 3 – Jun. 16
HiSet Class Schedule
- Mon. – Thur. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Mon. – Thur. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
ESL Class Schedule
- Mon. – Thur. 9 a.m. – noon
- Mon. and Wed. 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Orientations held first day of class
Call for more information.
HiSet Class Sessions
- Jan. 18 – Mar. 31
- Apr. 4 – Jun. 16
Cass County Center (Atlantic)
- Tues. and Thur. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Tues. and Thur. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Shelby County Center (Harlan)
- Tues. and Thur. 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Tues. and Thur. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Mon. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Tues. and Thur. 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Tues. and Thur. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Page/Fremont County Center (Shenandoah)
- Mon. and Wed.1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
- Mon. and Wed. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Adult Education Services
English As A Second Language (ESL)
Instruction is available for students who are learning to speak, read, and write English. Contact your nearest IWCC Center for information regarding classes or individualized instruction. Refer a friend or share this information with someone who is interested in attending ESL classes.
Iowa Western assists adults who seek to improve their skills in reading, writing, and math. Adults can register for general instruction or specific skills programming directed towards specific outcomes, such as job-related keyboarding or refreshing math and writing skills
For those who have not completed their high school education, instruction is available in preparing for the five HiSET tests: Language Arts-Writing, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, and Language Arts-Reading. You may prepare for the exams by attending classes at one of our sites. Studying online through Essential Education’s HiSET Academy is an online option to consider. Call the Council Bluffs Adult Education Department for more details.
Iowa Western administers HiSET testing, by appointment, at various test sites across the region. Instructors will assist students in creating an account and advising which test to register for.
Note: Students must have instructor approval and qualifying scores on official practice tests to take HiSet final exams (verification form is required for examiner).
If you or someone you know would like to volunteer to work with adult students on improving their reading skills or learning to speak, read and/or write English, please contact us at (800) 432-5852, ext. 3266 or (712) 325-3266. Volunteers may choose to give extra time and attention to students who attend regular classes, or they may schedule individual sessions in Council Bluffs or another setting in Iowa Western’s seven-county service area.
Continuing Education Adult Basic Education & HiSET FAQ’s
- Council Bluffs, IWCC campus and IowaWorks office (OMNI Centre)
- Harlan, IWCC Shelby County Center
- Atlantic, IWCC Cass County Center
- Clarinda, Clarinda Campus
- Shenandoah, IWCC Page/Fremont Center
Participants do not have to be a resident of Iowa to take the HiSET exam. Individuals 17 years of age and older who have not graduated from an accredited high school, received a high school equivalency diploma, and are not currently enrolled in high school are eligible to take the HiSET tests. Individuals 18 years old and under must have an age waiver signed by their previous high school or school district showing they are not enrolled. Individuals who are 16 may test if court-ordered to do so.
Students who successfully complete the five final exam battery prior to turning 18 years old will be awarded their diploma with their graduating class.