HiSET/WorkReady U (Adult Education)

What is WorkReady U?

WorkReady U is an adult education and career readiness program for adult learners who want to earn their high school equivalency diploma, improve their literacy, learn English as a second language, and transition to college, with the goal of finding a job earning a family sustaining wage. It is no longer just about obtaining your high school equivalency diploma. It’s also about acquiring the means to improve your circumstances and obtaining the skills you need for a good-paying job. Current statistics indicate that more than half of all our job openings require at least a high school diploma and two years of higher education. As a result, CLTCC is working hard to lower the number of individuals in Louisiana without a high school diploma.

WorkRead U services and opportunities include:

  • High school equivalency diploma preparation (HiSET prep)
  • Secondary credential preparation
  • Basic skills remediation
  • English as a second language (resources for migrant and seasonal farm workers)

Where is WorkReady U Offered?

Louisiana Senate Bill 297, passed by Louisiana legislators in 2010, transferred adult education responsibilities from the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to the Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System whose core mission is workforce education and training. The move was designed to offer adults an opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma and a college degree.

There are more than 200 adult education instructional sites throughout Louisiana. CLTCC currently offers WorkReady U in eight parishes – Allen, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine and Vernon. You can reach the WorkReady U staff by email at adulted@cltcc.edu, by phone or in person (see prep class schedules by parish below):

Allen Parish
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Oakdale Campus
117 Highway 1152
Oakdale, La. 71463
(318) 335-3944, ext. 3126

Denise Cloud-Miller – Instructor
Phone: (318) 335-3944, ext. 3126
Email: denisemiller3@cltcc.edu

Dana Stanley – Paraeducator
Phone: (318) 335-3944, ext. 3113
Email: danastanley@cltcc.edu

Concordia Parish
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Ferriday Campus
2100 E.E. Wallace Boulevard
P.O. Box 1465
Ferriday, La. 71334

Linda Bowers – Site Coordinator/Instructor
Phone: (318) 757-6501, ext. 4403
Email: lindabowers@cltcc.edu

Renee Mason – Paraeducator
Phone: (318) 757-6501, ext. 4403
Email: reneemason1@cltcc.edu

Grant Parish
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Sharil May – District Supervisor
Phone: (318) 627-3274
Email: smay@gpsb.org

Mel Shaw – Instructor
Email: mel.shaw@gpsb.org

Kimberly Taylor – Instructor
Email: kimberly.taylor@rpsb.org

LaSalle Parish
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Anthony Jackson – District Supervisor and Instructor
Phone: (318) 992-5195
Fax: (318) 992-4797
Email: ajackson@lasallepsb.com
(for LaSalle Junior High School or LaSalle Alternative School)

Email: charlottebarnes@cltcc.edu
(for CLTCC Rod Brady Campus)

Natchitoches Parish
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CLTCC Natchitoches Campus
6587 Hwy 1 Bypass
Natchitoches, La. 71457

Ethel Blake – Instructor
Phone: (318) 357-3162
Email: ethelblake@cltcc.edu

Amy Ennis – Adjunct Instructor
Phone: (318) 357-3162
Email: amyennis@cltcc.edu

Rapides Parish
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Alexandria Main Campus
4311 South MacArthur Drive
Alexandria, La. 71302
(318) 487-5443, ext. 1125

Anita Kerry – Site Coordinator/Instructor
Phone: (318) 487-5443, ext. 1125
Email: anitakerry@cltcc.edu

Wondietra Jack – Para-Educator/Registration Advisor
Phone: (318) 487-5443, ext. 1127
Email: wondietrajack@cltcc.edu

Sabine Parish
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Sabine Valley Campus
1255 Fisher Road
Many, LA 71449

Vickie Cheatwood – Instructor
Phone:  (318) 256-4102, ext. 8120
Email: vickiecheatwood@cltcc.edu

Detre Willis – Paraeducator
Phone: (318) 256-4102, ext. 8120
Email: danastanley@cltcc.edu

Vernon Parish
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CLTCC Lamar Salter Campus                           
15014 Lake Charles Hwy               
Leesville, La. 71446

Kimberly James – Site Coordinator/Instructor
Phone: (337) 537-3135, ext. 1205
Email: kimberlyjames6@cltcc.edu

Sarah McDonald – Paraeducator
Phone: (337) 537-3135, ext. 1203
Email: sarahmcdonald3@cltcc.edu

How do I earn my high school equivalency diploma?

Today, adults who did not earn their diploma in high school must take and pass High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®) to earn a state-issued high school equivalency diploma. The HiSET® is the new alternative to the General Educational Development (GED®) test. In 2014, Louisiana adopted the HiSET® from Educational Testing Service (ETS), replacing the GED® test. The HiSET® is more affordable, available in both paper- and computer-delivered testing formats, and administered at state-selected test centers. Your skills and knowledge are measured in five core areas that make up the five subtests: Language Arts – Reading, Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

The HISET® can help you achieve your important state-issued high school equivalency credential.  Many individuals have participated in the WorkReady U program. Click on the links below to hear their stories.

How do I enroll in WorkReady U?

Registration is on Mondays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To enroll, you must physically go to the adult education instructional site where you plan to attend on one of these two days.

  1. Bring your driver’s license or state ID, social security card, and signed age waiver if you are under the age of 18 to the adult education instructional site where you plan to attend.
    • If you are 16- or 17-years-old, you must obtain an approved age waiver or documentation of current enrollment in a state approved Louisiana Options/Connections program. You can download the waiver form from the HiSET® ETS website @ http://hiset.ets.org/requirements/la. The waiver also can be obtained from your local parish school board office.

    • If you are 18-years-old, you must provide a drop slip from the last school attended. The school may fax a copy of the drop slip directly to CLTCC at (318) 487-5970.

  2. Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to determine your skill level in language, mathematics, and reading. TABE testing usually takes three to four hours and is given every Monday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the adult education instructional site.
  3. Complete the Adult Education Intake Form.

What happens after I enroll?

You will work at your own pace on the subject areas you need to focus on based on the results of your TABE test. From there, you will take a practice HiSET® to determine if you are ready to take the official HiSET®. Once it has been determined that you are ready to take the official exam, you are no longer required to attend class.

Note: Louisiana requires test preparation and authorization to take the HiSET® if you are 16–18 years-old. The practice exams are offered free of charge through WorkReady U.

When and where are classes offered?

Classes are offered at multiple campuses in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings for working adults and those with families. Therefore, most students are able to find a class schedule that works for them. CLTCC currently offers WorkReady U in eight parishes – Allen, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine and Vernon. You can reach the WorkReady U staff by email at adulted@cltcc.edu, by phone or in person (see prep class schedules by parish above).

When can I take the test?

The HiSET® is given multiple times each month. Click here to view the HiSET® testing schedule for CLTCC for May 2018 through August 2018. To register for the test, go to https://hiset.ets.org. You will need to create a user profile or call EST/HiSET® at 1-855 MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738). Registration closes 24 hours before the scheduled testing time.

How much does it cost to take the test?

The total fee for all five subtests is $90. Go to the Louisiana HiSET®Requirements page at https://hiset.ets.org/requirements/state/la to see the fees for individual subtests. The fees vary for additional subtests and/or retests taken within a 12-month period.