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Adult Education Services

It's the Key to Your Future and a Better Life!

Adult Basic Education classes provide the opportunity for adults to improve their basic skills or study for the HiSET - Missouri's High School Equivalency test.  When you are ready to begin class, you and your instructor will design a plan of study, which will help you to reach your goals.  Jefferson College is pleased to be able to provide this opportunity to you, and we hope that you will join us soon.

*The Jefferson College Adult Education Program has been recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a *Star Program With Distinction*  the HIGHEST honor awarded to an AEL program in the State of Missouri.


It's never too late!  Enroll at any Time at No Cost!

(Funds are provided by the federal Adult Education Act*)

*For additional information, click on this link: 

AEL Program Brochure

** Important Information for all 17 and 18 year olds

**On January 1, 2014 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) replaced the GED exam with the new HiSET exam as a measure to award High School Equivalency (HSE). The new HiSET exam will be computer-based and is available at all Jefferson College Testing Centers:Jefferson College Hillsboro and Jefferson College Arnold.

Getting Started on your HSE with free Jefferson College AEL classes:

Step 1: Sign up for HiSET/HSE classes at Hillsboro, Ext. 3437; Arnold, Ext. 3591

Step 2: Attend a 6-hour Orientation and begin classes

Step 3: Attend class regularly, learn new skills, take practice tests, and when your instructor says you are ready, proceed to Step 4.

Step 4: Register online to take the HiSET exam at:

Also, at this time, students with disabilities request accommodations for testing at this site: 

Step 5:  Pass the HiSET - Missouri's High School Equivalency Exam.

Step 6: Transition to Jefferson College or work!

* To view an official Missouri High School Equivalency online transcript:


Online Option

For information about Missouri's high school equivalency (HSE) online preparation course, visit


Literacy Services

  • Do you know an adult who cannot read?

  • Do you struggle trying to read unfamiliar words?

  • We can help, and it's FREE!


Students receive individual assistance from a certified literacy instructor.  For more information on our adult literacy program, please contact Barb Shaffer, Literacy Coordinator  at (636) 481-3437 or  (636) 481-3591.  The program provides confidential help in improving your reading skills.


WorkKeys Instructional Services

For those students who wish to transition to a career, Jefferson College provides WorkKeys testing and the opportunity to earn National Career Readiness Credentials.

Earn the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)


Each day employers receive stacks of applications for only a handful of open positions. With the National Career Readiness Certificate, issued by ACT, you can prove you have the skills for the job! The Certificate is the work-related skills credential. Whether you're looking for a job or want to enhance your diploma or resumé, the Certificate provides proof of your skills for employers nationwide. It is composed of three WorkKeys® assessments that measure skills critical to on-the-job success:

– Applied Mathematics
– Reading For Information
– Locating Information

The Certificate is awarded at four levels, based on your performance in the assessments:

– Platinum
– Gold
– Silver
– Bronze

*For additional information, click on these links:

 WorkKeys Career Seeker Brochure
 NCRC Resource Site 




Spring 2015 Class and Orientation Schedule

Classes are held at the Jefferson College Hillsboro campus, Jefferson College Arnold site, the Missouri Career Center, and the Jefferson County Library Northwest Branch.  Please see below for class times and orientation schedules.

Jefferson College Hillsboro AEL Class Schedule
Career Tech Building - Rm 174
Monday-Thursday: 9 am - 2 pm
Evening Hours: 5 pm - 8:30 pm

Orientation Required

Jefferson College Hillsboro Campus Orientations:  
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
9 am - 12 pm   CTE Rm.174

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
5pm - 8pm   CTE Rm. 174

Jefferson College Arnold Rm 328 Class Schedule
Intersection of Highway 141 and Astra Way
(Behind Recreation Center)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9 am - 2 pm

Orientation Required

Jefferson College Arnold Orientation:  
TBA (To Be Announced)

Missouri Career Center Class Schedule
3675 West Outer Road
Arnold, MO 63010
Monday & Wednesday  5 pm - 8:30 pm

Orientation Required

Missouri Career Center Orientation:
TBA (To Be Announced)

Jefferson County Library
Northwest Branch Class Schedule

5680 State Rd. PP
High Ridge, MO  63049

Wednesdays & Fridays
9 am - 1 pm

Mondays & Wednesdays
5 pm - 8 pm

Orientation Required

Jefferson County Library
Northwest Branch
Orientation Schedule

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  
9 am - 12 pm

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  
5 pm - 8 pm

For more information , please call (636) 481-3437.