(BEDFORD) – Have you heard about the Free High School Equivalency Diploma?
Lawrence County Economic Growth Council hosted a booth at this year’s Persimmon Festival to spread the word.
Nearly 20 people stopped by the booth to sign up to learn more information about the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE).
In Lawrence County, there were more than 2,560 people in 2017 that were working without a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma. Last year only 38 Lawrence County residents received their HSE.
“We want to increase this number significantly as it is our goal to get at least 100 people their HSE in the next year,” said Kayla Bryant, Marketing Director at the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council.
Education plays an important role in life by improving your knowledge and preparing you to get a better job. Workers who have a high school diploma earn nearly $10,000 more per year than those who do not.
“In a recent survey, we found that 58 percent of Lawrence County employers that responded require an HSE for entry-level work,” says Bryant. “The other 42 percent is largely fast-food and retail.”
During the festival, Lawrence County Economic Growth Council members handed out promotional marketing materials about HSE including pens, backpacks, flyers and dry erase boards.
“There is more buzz now than ever before, with more than 375 information forms submitted,” Bryant added.
Adults who left high school before graduation have a free way to secure their high school equivalency credential. This free program is offered in Lawrence County in both Bedford and Mitchell.
Last week, there were a record-high number of students at orientation.
Officials say first-quarter numbers are expected to be encouraging, with potentially more High School Equivalencies earned in these three months than all of last year.
“There are classroom and online options for this program, says instructor Travis Malone. “We have a website for this program – www.getmyhse.org.”
On the website, individuals can fill out an interest form and Malone will contact them to share information and answer questions.
Lawrence County Class Schedule
Teacher: Travis Malone
Classes in Bedford:
- Monday – 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
- Tuesday – 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
- Thursday- 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Classes are held at Work One at 2405 Mitchell Road in Bedford.
Classes in Mitchell:
- Tuesdays – 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
- Thursdays – 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Classes are held at the Mitchell Community Public Library at 804 West Main Street
Those wanting to register or learn more about the classes can click here.
Taking Indiana’s HSE test is your first step to moving forward. Whether your goal is to get a better job or continue on your educational pathway to a certificate, 2-year associate degree or 4-year bachelor’s degree, this is where your second chance starts.