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Adult Education

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s Adult Education Department offers a variety of services that support individuals in improving their academic skills, earning a high school level credential and gaining employment.

Using an initial assessment, we’ll help you access your best route to a high school level credential.  From there, we’ll work together to create your personalized education plan.

5.09 High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) Program — Milwaukee and Racine

Offered in Milwaukee and Racine, our Department of Public Instruction approved 5.09 High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) program is based on schoolwork, rather than testing.

  • Engaging virtual  instruction online
  • 12 hours per week for 20 weeks (Milwaukee) or 15 weeks (Racine)
  • Morning and evening class schedules available Monday thru Thursday
  • Classes offered in English and Spanish
  • Workforce focused using real-life applications
  • Earn HSED and National Career Readiness Certification simultaneously
  • College resources for further academic opportunities

GED Preparation Program—Milwaukee

For some learners, preparing for General Education Development (GED) testing is the most efficient path to a high school level credential.

  • A mix of open lab, one-on-one tutoring, and classroom-style instruction preparing students for GED testing
  • Flexible time frames
  • Financial education
  • Basic computer and keyboarding skills courses
  • College resources for further academic opportunities
  • Onsite GED testing

GED Testing Center—Milwaukee

Regardless of place of study, learners who are ready for GED testing are welcome to register at YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s onsite Pearson Vue Testing Center.  Our comfortable testing environment, and friendly staff, aim to ease testing jitters.

Want to get started? Sign up for an information session below that works with your schedule.


Milwaukee: Thursdays at 9am or 1pm  SIGN UP

Racine: Thursdays at 10am  SIGN UP 

Racine (Evening): Mondays at 5:30pm  SIGN UP