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 classroom style instruction
- 12 hours per week for 20 weeks
- Workforce focused using real-life applications
- Earn HSED and National Career Readiness Certification simultaneously
- College resources for further academic opportunities
Want to get started? Click the button below to fill out the interest form!
We are experiencing a high volume of inquiries for our Adult Education programs. We are working to respond as quickly as possible. Be on the lookout for an emailed invitation to attend a virtual information session.
Milwaukee adult education information sessions are conducted at our 1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive location every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Choose either time and join us—plan to stay about 3 hours. No pre-registration is required.
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm
Contact: Janita (414) 267-3297
Racine adult education information sessions are held on most Wednesdays at Racine Workforce Solutions Adult Education Center, 1717 Taylor Avenue. Plan to stay about 3 hours. No pre-registration is required. (Please call to find out which Wednesday the orientation will be held.)
Racine County Workforce Solutions Adult Education Center
1717 Taylor Avenue
Racine, WI 53403
Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm
Contact: Marie (262) 638-6703
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Frequently Asked Questions
The GED program offers a mix of open lab, one-on-one tutoring, and classroom-style instruction preparing students for GED testing. We also offer support courses in financial education and basic computer and keyboarding skills. We are a Pearson Vue GED testing center, meaning you can take your GED tests onsite in a comfortable, known environment.
Our 5.09 HSED Program is based on schoolwork rather than testing. This program provides engaging classroom style instruction 12 hours per week for 20 weeks. We focus on workforce preparation and use real-life applications, making the coursework truly relevant for adult learners. You can earn both your HSED and National Career Readiness Certification in 20 weeks through this program.
New in 2018, YWCA SEW offers a hybrid HSED program combining GED testing with HSED curriculum for a customized educational plan. We have achievable options for you!
If you are a Wisconsin resident age 18½ or older in need of a high school level credential, please join us for an orientation to learn more. You can do this!
Thanks to partnerships United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, United Way of Racine County and other generous donors, we are able to offer our adult education programs at no cost to students.
Start by completing the interest form here.
Once we open back up to the public you can also start by attending an orientation with us! Orientations are offered on Thursdays and Fridays in Milwaukee and Racine.
Every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. (Interested individuals should attend the morning session or the afternoon session.)
YWCA Southeast Wisconsin in Milwaukee | 1915 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Every Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Racine County Workforce Solutions | 1717 Taylor Avenue, Racine, WI 53403
There is no need to pre-register for orientations in Milwaukee or Racine. Choose a session and arrive on time—late arrivals are not admitted. Plan for your orientation to take about 3 hours.