GED®

Program Description

General Educational Development (GED®) classes prepare students to take the tests required to earn the GED® high school equivalency certificate. Preparation classes are offered in English.

Enrollment qualifications

  • Students must reside in the Black Hawk College District.
  • Students must be at least 17 years of age or older and not enrolled in a K-12 school district. Sixteen-year-old students may enroll only with parental and K-12 school district permission.
  • Youth GED® classes (High School Credit/Youth GED®) are designed for students ages 16-18. If you are unsure of which class section to attend, visit the Optional Education Youth GED® page or inquire at the time of registration

Cost of classes
Qualifying students attend the Black Hawk College preparation classes without cost. However, students should note that there is a fee to take the GED® test. For registration dates and times, contact us at 309-796-8216.

Test registration
To register to take the computer-based test, visit GED Testing Service®.


Academic ESL Program

We try to keep our class size to about 15 students so you can get personal attention from your instructor and easily work with classmates.

Most of the classes in the Academic ESL Program are developmental courses. This means that students take these classes to prepare them to take college-level classes, so students do not receive academic credit for these classes. But if you take ESL 078/COMM 100 or ESL 072/COMM 105, you will receive academic credits for these classes while enrolled in the Academic ESL Program.

You can begin the Academic ESL Program at three times during the year:

  • The fall semester begins in August and ends in December.
  • The spring semester begins in January and ends in May.
  • The summer session begins in June and ends in July. This is an intensive six-week session.

Eligible permanent residents or citizens may apply for financial aid to pay for tuition and possibly books. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. Some limited scholarships are available for ESL students through the Black Hawk College Foundation.

Yes. The classes in the Academic ESL Program are five-credit-hour classes, so students need to pay tuition based on the current per-credit-hour fee.

The number of classes that you have to take will depend on the type of program and the major that you choose. In general, students who choose to take certificate programs or two-year vocational programs should complete the classes in Level 6 (Intermediate courses). However, students who want to complete associate degrees or transfer programs should complete Level 7 (Advanced courses).

Before you enroll in the ESL Program, you will be given a language placement test. Your level is determined by your score on the test. For more information about ESL classes, please call 309-796-8216.

Adult Education

Before you enroll in the ESL Program, you will be given a language placement test. Your level is determined by your score on the test. For more information about ESL classes, please call 309-796-8216.