For more than six decades, Iowans who dropped out of high school could get a GED. Starting today, there's a new way to earn your high school equivalency diploma in Iowa.
“I kind of got a first-hand what it's like to try and get a job without some kind of schooling under your belt,” says 17-year-old Drake Stewart.
Stewart decided to get his life back on track and get his diploma. He is the first to take Iowa’s new High School Equivalency Test or HiSET.
“This is a huge transition for us,” says Rick Carpenter, DMACC’s Program Development Executive Director.
Carpenter says the $120 cost was a big factor in replacing the GED with the HiSET. Students are still tested in reading, writing, social studies, science and math.
“We still have the same basic courses that we did for the GED, but now a student can come in and take all five tests for $50,” says Carpenter.
“I feel like I'm ready. Ready to get it done,” says Stewart.
After the HiSET, Stewart might go on to take classes at DMACC.
“I'm thinking business,” he says.
Last year, more than 1300 students took the GED at DMACC. So far this semester, 150 people have signed up to take the HiSET.