Transitional Studies Program

Free classes that you can enroll in anytime.

Southeastern Community College’s Transitional Studies Program is designed to develop students reading, communication, problem-solving and computation, writing, critical thinking, and job-readiness skills. Instruction incorporates practical, real-life content that will prepare adults for employment. Students can anticipate this program to be the basis for further higher education opportunities, career training, and higher-income jobs. Minors 16 and 17 years of age must submit additional forms and information.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

These classes are designed to build skills in foundational reading, mathematics, and writing in order to prepare the student to enter the High School Equivalency program. Trained instructors will use quality textbooks and prescriptive assessment software that will create individualized lesson plans that focus on the academic areas needing improvement. Orientation is required prior to enrollment.

High School Equivalency Diploma

The High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE) program is designed to help adults earn the equivalency of a high school diploma. The student studies subjects in the areas of writing, reading, mathematics, social studies, and science in preparation for testing as well as employability and workforce skills. There is no charge to enroll in the HSE Diploma program.

Orientation is required prior to enrollment. The official high school equivalency exam offered by Southeastern Community College is the HiSet exam.

High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation

Those receiving an acceptable passing score on all sections of the HSE test will receive a High School Equivalency Diploma awarded by the State Board of Community Colleges. The sections of the HSE test are: Reasoning through Language Arts; Reading; Mathematical Reasoning; Social Studies; and Science. The test is given approximately every month. North Carolina has adopted three different high school equivalency diploma options. These tests are offered as a Computer-Based Testing (CBT) and Pencil Based Testing (PBT).

  • HiSET (CBT & PBT) consists of 5 tests. The fee for taking the HiSET is $50.
  • TASC (CBT & PBT) consists of 5 tests. The fee for taking the TASC is $52.

HSE test is accepted as a valid means of awarding a high school diploma. Most employers and training programs accept HSE in the same manner as traditional high school diplomas. In addition, students may enroll in any community college program with the HSE diploma. Universities will accept HSE graduates after they meet other admission requirements. Students usually complete their first two years at a community and then transfer to a four-year school. Certain branches of the military will also accept HSE graduates while some branches may have additional requirements.

Adults who have not completed high school may take the HSE test at SCC.

High School Equivalency Diploma Online Studies

Online classes for HiSet exam preparation are offered free of charge to students. Students must participate online 10 hours per week. Students need a computer with internet access, basic computer and internet knowledge, and the time and self-discipline to study consistently. A placement test is required to register for online studies and must be scheduled by contacting Cheri Phillips-Barkley at (910)788-6391.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

This class will improve the adult learner’s ability to speak, read, listen, and write the English language while integrating civics education and technology skills necessary for navigating contemporary society. Any adult student who does not speak English as their native language can enroll with no fees or tuition costs.

Adult Education for Individuals with Disabilities

SCC provides instruction and workplace skills for individuals with developmental disabilities at Community Innovations located in Columbus County. Individuals enrolled in this program learn the fundamentals of mathematics, science, social studies, reading, technology, and oral communication. At the same time, instructors are preparing students for employment and economic self-sufficiency.

Transition English and Math

This course provides an opportunity to customize foundational English and math content in specific areas and will include developing a growth mindset. Topics include developing the academic habits, learning strategies, social skills, and growth mindset necessary to be successful in college-level English and math. Upon completion, students should be able to build a stronger foundation for success in their gateway level English and math courses by obtaining skills through a variety of instructional strategies with emphasis placed on the most essential prerequisite knowledge.

Basic Skills Plus

Get a specialized certificate and earn your High School Equivalency diploma at the same time with Basic Skills Plus! Enroll in one of our pathways and learn employability skills, job-specific occupational skills, and technical skills.

Pathways currently offered:

  • Culinary
  • DSS Income Maintenance Caseworker
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Nurse Aide I
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Welding

Contact Information

Cheri Phillips-Barkley
Basic Skills Plus Career Coach

HiSet Testing Requirements for the High School Equivalency Diploma

Southeastern Community College offers to test for the HiSet exam. The HiSet is available as a paper or computer-based exam. HiSet paper-based exams are $15/exam (5 exams) and the computer-based exams are $10.75/exam (5 exams). Students must register and pay online at The exams are given on campus. The website also offers additional resources to help prepare students for the HSE exam and a monthly testing schedule. Upon successful completion of all five exams, the students will receive an HSE Diploma from North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. A graduation ceremony is held annually for the HSE Diploma graduates.

*TASC is offered upon request in paper format only.

Contact Information

Larry Everette
(910) 788-6301

For more information, interested persons should contact the Transitional Studies Program.


Veronica Powell

Transitional Studies Coordinator

(910) 788-6326

A Building, Rm 226A

Larry Everette

Transitional Studies Recruiter/GED Examiner

(910) 788-6301

A-Building, Rm 226A

Cheri Phillips-Barkley

Basic Skills Plus Career Coach

(910) 788-6391

A Building, Rm 226B