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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 GED/HSE 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

**Effective January 1, 2014 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will replace the current 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 available at all three Jefferson College Testing Centers:Jefferson College Hillsboro, Jefferson College Arnold, and
Jefferson College Northwest. For additional information on
the new HiSet exam, go to the HiSet webpage at:

GED/HSE (High School Equivalency) Services*

The GED/HSE Process:

Step 1: Sign up for GED/HSE classes at Hillsboro, Ext. 3437; Arnold, Ext. 3591
Step 2: Attend a 12-hour Orientation and begin classes
Step 3: Request accommodations for testing if needed, (ie...physical/emotional/learning disabilities)
Step 4: Pass a GED/HSE practice test
Step 5: Go online to register for the HiSet GED/HSE Exam
Step 6: Pass the HiSet Online GED/HSE Exam
Step 7: Transition to Jefferson College or work

GED/HSE Authorization Application Form

HiSet GED/HSE Test Accommodations Request (students with physical or learning disabilities)

*For information on obtaining an original copy of the GED/HSE Certificate please contact DESE (Department of Elementary and Seconday Education) at: (573) 526-4822


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 appointments can be made with our Literacy Coordinator - Barb Shaffer. 

Confidential help in improving your reading skills.
Call (636) 481-3437 or 481-3591.

Improve your basic skills or study for the GED/HSE Test (High School Equivalency). Both available at no cost to you! 


WorkKeys Instructional Services

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 résumé, 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

– 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 


What Employers Require:

  • Verified skills

  • Dependability

  • Employees who know how to learn

  • Ability to work as a team member

  • Critical / creative thinking abilities

Adult Education & Literacy Classes Are Free!!!

  • Individual attention

  • Books and materials are provided

  • Computer assisted instruction

  • Day or evening classes

  • Begin or end at any time

Orientation Schedule

Classes are held at the following locations:

Jefferson College-Hillsboro
Career Tech Building -Rm 174

9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Evening Hours:
5:00 - 8:30 pm
*Orientation Required
November 6 & 7
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 - 8:30 pm

Jefferson College Arnold Rm 328
Intersection of Highway 141 and Astra Way
(Behind Recreation Center)

Monday/Wednesday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 12:30 - 5:00
*Orientation Required
November 3 & 4 Rm. 212
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Arnold Career Center
3675 West Outer Road
Arnold, MO 63010
Monday & Wednesday 5:00 - 8:30 pm
*Orientation Required
September 26, Jefferson College Hillsboro
Career & Technical Education Bldg Rm 174
5:00 - 8:30 pm

Students MUST complete a total of 12
hours of orientation within one week.
The first orientation session is a mandatory
three-hour session, and the remaining
9 hours may be completed at the location
of your choice so long as all 12 hours
are completed in one week

For More Information , call
(636) 481-3437