Adult Education & Literacy

Southeastern Community College (SCC) offers learning opportunities for adults to develop the skills necessary for employment, training or post secondary education, or to earn a high school equivalency diploma. Students are assessed and services are provided based on their needs and goals. Instruction is provided at no cost to students.

Adult Literacy

Do you want to learn how to improve your reading, math, and English language skills? Then the Adult Literacy program is for you. Trained volunteers will work with you in private, one-on-one tutoring sessions.

High School Equivalency Diploma

Didn't get a chance to graduate from high school? It's not too late. Adult Education classes are designed for adults who want to earn a high school equivalency diploma, or enter a college or training program. Classes consist of a combination classroom teaching and self-paced instruction, and online lessons and activities.

Why earn the High School Equivalency Diploma?

  • Data from the US Census Bureau show that employers are looking for workers with a minimum high school education.
  • Worker with a high school education will earn an average of $7,000 more per year than those without a high school equivalency or high school diploma.
  • Most colleges accept a high school equivalency certificate as being equal to a high school diploma.
  • Each year nearly 8,000 Iowa residents complete the high school equivalency exam. Will you be one of them this year?

Take classes designed to help you pass your high school equivalency test. Subjects covered by the test are Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Note: you have to complete our Adult Education classes before you can take the test.

English as a Second Language 

Classes are available for English language learners who want to expand their skills in reading, writing, and speaking. Our classes, both in-person and online, provide a safe and supportive environment for you to thrive. Our English as a Second Langugage (ESL) courses, led by dedicated instructors, are designed to boost your confidence in your English skils.

At SCC, you don't have to go far to go far. Register online, take a pre-assessment, and attend an orientation before your first class. 

Are you interested in any of these programs? Click the button below and begin the registration process. 


Adult Education Tutors

Become a tutor! SCC always needs volunteers to help adults in these programs. Click the button to submit your information today.



Brenda Kempker
ABE/HSED Records Specialist
Phone: (319) 208-5314

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