SCCC offers NO COST program for Students to earn their High School Diploma

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These free classes are designed to improve basic skills in reading, writing and math as well as additional components in science and social studies for students preparing for the NJ High School Equivalency (HSE) exam to attain a NJ state diploma. Students who earn the NJ state HS Diploma can confidently enter college or postsecondary education and/or enter employment or make significant employment gains.

“Our HSE Program is flexible, friendly, and fun! Each student works independently on their areas of need. Experienced instructors are on hand to help. Any student demonstrating proficiency on the HiSET practice tests are encouraged to register for the HiSET test at Sussex, to attain their NJ State Diploma,” explained Program Coordinator Sara Gorst.

Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday mornings and evenings or Tuesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons, supplemented by participation in online applications. Program format includes in-person on campus and remote classes (via Zoom, Canvas) as well as independent online applications (AZTEC, Khan Academy, etc).

Prospective students are welcome to enroll in the ABE/HSE Program. The next session starts September 8th and September 9th. Registration is taking place throuhghout August. The number to call for registration is (973) 300-2158 or (973) 370-5770 or email

Out-of-state residents may take the classes offered at Sussex, but will need to take the actual test in their state of residence.

Upon completion of the course, program coordinators will help students facilitate a smooth transition into college or help them connect to One Stop and Education/Training services.

The official HiSET exam can be taken at Sussex County Community College and is given about once a week. There is a $103.75 fee to take the test. For more information on the HiSET registration process, contact Kathryn Mikita, the HSE Test Coordinator, at (973) 300-2186. Registration for the HiSET test is processed online at

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