High School Equivalency (HSE)
Exam Preparation for Out Of School Youth
ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY (HSE)
Did you leave high school before earning your diploma and are you now looking to take your High School Equivalency exam? The High School Equivalency (HSE) program can help prepare you for the exam that can move you beyond entry-level careers and salaries, and increase your success the rest of your life.
HSE is a free* classroom-based program, with flexible scheduling that can accommodate work and home responsibilities. Students learn from skilled teachers, mentors and counselors, as well as from each other, and are invited to participate in a year-end Bergen County-wide graduation ceremony.
EDUCATION & TRAINING CENTER STATUS:
In-person classes are temporarily suspended but enrollment for online classes is open!
TO START THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS:
Call Us Monday to Friday, 9a.m. to 1p.m. at (973) 685-0005 ext. 7501 for Garfield; ext. 7241 for Cliffside Park.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE:
Residents of Bergen County and neighboring counties
Have not received a high school diploma
Must be US citizen or have legal US residency.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Open enrollment: enter at any time of the year
Classroom setting, with online learning tools
Prepare for the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) , focusing on all subject areas
Learn skills to excel at your job and be self-sufficient
Planning for next steps after graduation: college, employment, military, etc.
*free for eligible participants
Our classes are tuition-free.
This program is funded by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
541 Midland Avenue
Garfield, NJ 07026
263 Lafayette Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
HOW TO ENROLL
Call: (973) 685-0005 x7150
Go to your appointment with:
Social Security card
Photo ID (for instance, driver’s license)
Birth certificate or green card and passport
Proof of address (Driver’s license or utility bill)
Proof of family income (last two pay stubs, or tax return)
Non-enrollment Form (will be provided by the ETC staff)
Parent or guardian, if younger than 18 years old
TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT OR FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL:
(973) 685-0005 x1050
“You have helped us in so many ways both academically and with your support. My sister and I came from Florida withnothing but the hopes of bettering ourselves. Now, we are on our way to starting our degrees.”
“GBCA’s HSE program met my needs because it was a flexible program. I was pregnant and was able to go to the prenatal doctor’s visits, attend classes, and study. I received great support from my Client Coordinator, who made sure I regularly went to the doctor and studied. I was able to go home to have lunch and when I did not feel well. Despite my academic progress when I was in the regular high school classroom setting, being able to learn on the computer made it easier for me to learn at a comfortable pace. This allowed me to pass my HSE Test. I am grateful today that my life’s journey took a turn for the better. I have been blessed with a 16-month old daughter who is a wonderful bundle of joy and get married. I am happy the HSE program came into my life. My future plans are to continue college in the education field, and I hope to become a Certified NJ State Teacher.”
“My teacher is by far one of the most loving and helpful teachers I’ve ever had the pleasure of having. She was always supportive and loving, she showed us care. To this day she continues to help us. We were extremely fortunate to have her in our Lives. She is a blessing. She is an amazing teacher and an even better person. Thank you for everything."