Whitewater Adult Education offers free classes to help students prepare for the high school equivalency (HSE) exam along with tools and skills you need to find a job and/or go to college. Funded by Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the classes are dedicated to changing the future of those students who didn’t finish high school. There is no timeline here, and no way to tell you how quickly you’ll receive your equivalency, but the more focused and dedicated you are, the faster you will achieve what you want. Classes offered in Connersville, Rushville, and Liberty.


A Typical Student

The typical student didn’t finish high school because life got in the way. Some students had to take care of family members, so they left high school to start working and making money. Other students had their own children and had to leave to get a job and make money to support their families. For some students, maturity played a big role and whatever decisions they made, they are reversing now. Every Adult Education student enters the program with one common goal: finishing what they started. Adult Education students are ready to finally get what they need to make positive, lifelong changes.



First, students  contact the office and schedule an intake session. During the 2-3 hour intake session, students will complete some paperwork asking for basic information and then complete a pretest. This pretest is not pass or fail, but it is important; the pretest places the student into a grade equivalency.  The pretest, broken into four subjects, will determine the student’s strengths and weaknesses and allows the teachers to know how to best work with the student going forward. For example, one student may place in the 11th grade equivalency in Language and Reading, but in the 5th grade equivalency in Math. This gives everyone an idea on what the coursework should contain. Classes are typically smaller sessions with experienced, understanding and helpful instructors dedicated to seeing their students succeed.


While in class, students work on WIN, and closely with WorkOne Career Advisors to further help in finding out the best course of action once the student receives the HSE.


How to Prepare

Call us!  You don’t need any supplies. We provide pencils, paper, workbooks, calculators, etc.!


Students always want to know how long it will take. So again, remember, the fastest way to get your HSE is to be in class, on time, every time. So do your best to arrange childcare, transportation, work schedules, etc. around the class schedule so that you can dedicate yourself to class as often as possible.


If you are 16 or 17, we will need an official Exit Interview from the high school. State policy will not allow you to take the test if you are under 18 and do not have a signed exit interview.