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Nevada Adult Education

Adult Education in Nevada

Adult Education provides services to assist adults to obtain the skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency. Adult Education programs target adults who lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills to enable them to function effectively on the job, in the family and in society; or do not have a secondary school diploma or its equivalent level of education; or are unable to speak, read, or write the English language.

Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language (ABE/ESL) programs provide literacy services as well as civics education in community and faith-based organizations and in community colleges throughout the State. Adult High School Programs (AHSP) are offered in 14 of the 17 school districts in Nevada and also in Department of Corrections facilities. Both ABE/ESL and AHSP programs encourage and prepare students to earn the Nevada Certificate of High School Equivalency. High school equivalency (HSE) testing allows adults to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. Nevada test-takers may choose from two approved HSE exams, the GED®, the HiSET®, to validate their academic skills and knowledge. The HSE exams are administered at test sites located throughout the state.