Adult Learning Center Overview

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    What is the Adult Learning Center?

    The Adult Learning Center offers many free opportunities for educational growth for adults.  The most frequently requested program prepares students to earn a high school equivalency diploma (formerly GED).  Refresher classes in reading, math, and writing are available for students enrolling in college or vocational training.  A basic literacy program benefits students who struggle with reading comprehension, math, and writing.   All classes are small with self-paced learning.  

    What is the HiSET?

    The HiSET  is the High School Equivalency Test that is taken to earn a High School Equivalency diploma. This was once called the GED in the state of Tennessee.

    The HiSET exam reflects the skills of a high school graduate and provides a fair, rigorous exam.  The HiSET exam is about seven hours from start to finish, and is broken down into five subtests.  These tests can be taken individually on different days over a period of time.

    Class Schedule

    Adult Learning Center
    415 Harding Drive
    Lebanon, TN 37087

    In-person Classes

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Monday - Thursday
    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Tuesday & Thursday
    5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    Virtual Classes

    Tuesday & Thursday
    9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.


Adult Learning Center FAQ

  • What is the cost?
    Classes are FREE! In fact for those who qualify, a voucher will be issued to pay for the HiSET exam.
    How do I get started in the HiSET preparation classes?
    Call (615) 443-8731 for an appointment and orientation.
    What should I expect at orientation?
    Orientation begins with registration paperwork. You will complete your assessment, meet with an administrator to go over your results, and set up a plan of success to meet your needs. This appointment takes approximately three (3) hours.
    What do I need to bring to my appointment?
    A state or federal issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport.
    How long will it take to earn my HiSET?
    Everyone enters at different academic levels, so there is no set time. The date of completion is dependent on the student’s commitment and determination to succeed.
    Are online classes available?
    An online program is available for anyone who meets certain requirements.

    Is college an option with a HSE (high school equivalency diploma)?
    Yes, the HiSET is accepted at public and private universities and technical schools.

    Can I use the TN Reconnect or TN Promise college programs?
    Yes, the HiSET program works with government agencies to make sure HiSET students meet federal education requirements.  Federal student aid in the form of grants, loans, and work-study programs are available to HiSET students.

    Can I join the military?
    Yes, but we encourage all students to talk with their recruiter about the opportunities offered with a HiSET  diploma.

    Will it help me get a job?
    Yes, most employers ask for a high school diploma or high school equivalent.

Contact the Adult Learning Center

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    Coordinator:  Sandy Anderson

    415 Harding Drive
    Lebanon, TN 37087

    Phone: (615) 443-8731
    Fax: (615) 453-2529