INDIANAPOLIS — 'Indy Reads' announced Tuesday it will be adding free High School Equivalency (HSE) classes to its adult literacy program.
The Indiana HSE is an alternative for earning a high school diploma, which was formerly known as 'GED.'
The Indianapolis book store has offered an abundance of English language classes and workforce training programs for illiterate adults for years.
“It has become clear now, more than ever, that many of our students need to earn a High School Equivalency diploma or HSE diploma,” Indy Reads CEO Ryan King said. “With the economy reopening, the competition for jobs will be fierce. We want to help make sure those that do not have a high school diploma aren’t left behind.”
Over 86,000 Marion County residents show a need for higher literacy levels, according to Indy Reads. And a dramatic increase in unemployment due to the pandemic in the current job market means higher competition for fewer jobs.
HSE diploma can be earned after completing a test based on five subject areas (math, reading, writing, science and social studies). The skills taught and eventually tested on are at the same level as those of graduating high school seniors.
Classes start on Monday, July 27. Those interested will be required to attend an orientation held July 21, 22, and 23 prior to starting classes.
To get more information about Indy Read's HSE program and to sign up for orientations, visit indyreads.org/programs.