High School Equivalency
The High School Equivalency program at WPCC is designed to prepare students to pass the HiSET® or GED® test. To earn a high school credential through this program, a student must pass a standardized test. Students prepare for the test by attending classes on campus, in the community, or online. The resulting High School Equivalency Diploma is issued by the State of North Carolina.
The program provides:
- flexible attendance policies
- free classes and free materials
- extra help when you need it
- study at your own pace
- friendly, supportive teachers
- small classes
- convenient locations
- classroom or online instruction
Here are answers to some frequently-asked questions about our program.
How long will it take?
This program is designed so that you can work at your own pace. The time it takes to complete the program depends on what your skills are when you start and how hard you work while enrolled.
When and where do classes meet?
High School Equivalency classes meet at the Western Piedmont Community College campus at 1001 Burkemont Avenue in the bottom of Patton Hall.
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Students also have the option of studying online or in the open lab at the Western Piedmont Community College campus at 1001 Burkemont Avenue in the bottom of Patton Hall.
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Community classes may be available.
How does a student get started?
New student orientation is required!
How old do I need to be to enroll in the High School Equivalency program?
The minimum age is 16. Students under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian with them to the initial orientation meeting. Students previously enrolled in Burke County Public Schools (BCPS) need to have the Referral for Adult High School Program form completed by a BCPS official.
How can I sign up for HiSET® or GED® testing at Western Piedmont Community College?
- Visit ged.com to register and schedule your GED® tests.
- Visit hiset.ets.org/requirements/state/nc to register and schedule your HiSET® High School Equivalency tests
How can I contact the program to register or to obtain more information?
For more information call 828-448-6710. To request more information, please submit our online form.
GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license.
HiSET® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used in the United States under license.