High School Equivalency Diploma

What doors will an HSE diploma open?

The Center for Workforce Development offers free programs to help adults 21 and over earn their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. Under 21? If you live in one of our participating school districts, you may still be eligible for free HSE programming. Call us today to learn more: 585-349-9100.

  • One 6-month session covers all the major content for the HSE test!
  • Individualized instruction to meet you needs
  • Small class-sizes
  • Flexible program options 
  • Qualified, knowledgeable, caring instructors
  • Transition support into one of our job-training programs or other educational institutions/employment opportunities

How do I start?
To enroll in a program, start with an HSE Literacy Orientation. It will include completing some required paperwork, as well as math and reading assessments. We have ongoing enrollment, so you can enter a session at any time. 

What Are My Options?

Classroom Instruction
Traditional, in-person instruction is the approach students often find the most success with. Improve your skills in social studies, science, reading, math, and writing to pass the GED.
  • Morning class: Monday – Thursday; 9am – 12pm
  • Evening class: Monday - Thursday; 5:30pm - 7:30pm

At-Home Distance Learning
At-home Learning is designed for those motivated to earn their HSE diploma, but unable to attend regular classroom sessions. Your instructor will provide you with packets of learning materials 2x per month. Students learning at home also have access to tutoring support through our traditional daytime classes.

We have in-person and distance ed programs designed to support you in passing the GED Math subtest. Click here to learn more!
Work towards your HSE Diploma and a new career at the same time! The Adult Career Education and Diploma Dual Enrollment Program allows adult students enrolled in an HSE program to enroll in a career training program at the same time, allowing them to be ready for a new career faster. With this innovative program, students prepare to enter the workplace with highly sought-after skills while at the same time acquiring the necessary reading, writing, and mathematical skills to be workplace-ready. Enrollment in ACED qualifies the recipient for a reduction in job-training tuition costs. Click here to learn more!

For successful completion of a high school equivalency or other literacy program, students must adhere to the policies and procedures as outlined in the Adult Learner Handbook - PDF.

Enroll Today!

All it takes to get started is an HSE Literacy Orientation session, which includes assessments and an overview of our programs. There is a non-refundable, one-time orientation fee of $25. This fee is waived for NYS Benefit Card holders.

One-Day Workshops

You don't need to be an enrolled student to prepare for test day. Register for a free one-day workshop. Click the button below to see our current offerings. 

Success Stories

Director, teachers, and a student receiving an award
BOCES 2 CWD Adult Student Receives Statewide Student of the Year Award
Patricia Douglas received the New York Association for Continuing and Community Education (NYACCE) Student of the Year award in Albany. She is an adult student in the High School Equivalency (HSE) class at the Monroe 2-BOCES Center for Workforce Development (CWD) in Gates.

Her CWD teacher, Theresa Parsons, nominated Douglas for the award. In her nomination letter, Parsons wrote, “Patricia left High School in the tenth grade due to unfortunate life circumstances. After years away from education, Patricia summoned the courage to try attending school again. Douglas joined the HSE class one year ago at the Center for Workforce Development and has consistently achieved gains. She works diligently every day to meet her goal and achieve her High School Equivalency.”

“I returned to school because this has always been a goal to me. Even when I was told many years ago by a mentor that I could never do it,” said Douglas. “All the staff members at CWD have shown me that they have confidence in me, that I can do this.” Upon winning the award, Douglas said, “I finally feel like I was noticed in what I do to try to help others and also that I was not invisible. All I ever wanted to do was to help others in my lessons, to be positive, and remind others to not give up on their goals.”

At 65, Douglas owns a small and successful hat making business, Patty D Originals, and is a patent holder. “This diploma will opens doors for me,” she said.  “Maybe, I can go to college. It would be a good challenge for me.”

In addition to receiving the NYACCE Student of the Year Award. Douglas was honored before her HSE class in a ceremony by BOCES 2 CWD Director Tom Schulte (l-r); her current teachers Andrea Parker and Carolyn Yarton; Senator Joseph Robach; BOCES2 Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Programs Tim Dobbertin; and BOCES 2 District Superintendent JoAnne Antonacci. Senator Robach presented Douglas with a certificate. All agreed she is an inspiration to them and to her fellow HSE adult students.

Douglas earned her HSE diploma in 2020.