Adult Basic Education – Waukesha campus

WCTC’s Waukesha campus offers a variety of Adult Basic Education classes to meet the needs of those who have been out of school for a while and want to brush up on basic academic skills, build self-esteem and benefit from instructor help.

Adult Basic Education can help adults develop their reading, writing, spelling, math, computer and problem-solving skills at little or no cost. Students set their own pace, and instruction is provided up to and including high school equivalency.

Skills gained through basic education classes can help adults improve skills needed for further employment and education.

  • Finish high school credential requirements.
  • Refresh skills before starting a job training program.
  • Improve academic skills for job retraining or advancement.

The Waukesha campus has academic and career counselors, instructional staff and an on-site testing center to assist students.

High School Completion Options

A high school diploma can open many doors. It can improve the quality of life and higher education.

Ways in which to earn a high school diploma or equivalent include:

  • General Educational Development Certificate (GED) – English or Spanish
  • The GED is a certificate issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to students who successfully complete tests in four areas:

    • Language arts
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social studies

    It is accepted by most employers, and technical and community colleges.

  • High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) or Competency-based HSED
  • Those who want to earn their HSED must:

    • Complete and pass the GED requirements (four tests).
    • Take additional exams in health, civics, employability skills and career awareness.

    Some colleges, universities, branches of the military and employers require an HSED or high school diploma rather than a GED.

    Learn more about Wisconsin’s GED and HSED programs.

  • Other ways of earning a high school diploma are also available. Examples include:
    • Finishing missing high school credits.
    • Converting a foreign diploma.
    • Combining high school and college credits.
    • Completing an External Diploma Program.

    For details on other options, call 262.695.6500.

    Basic skill-building courses

    Non-credit courses available at the Waukesha campus include:

    • Reading
    • Study skills
    • Writing
    • Computer basics
    • Reading for Health Occupations

    To get started, call 262.695.6500.

    Transition to College

    Pathway Bridge courses provide extra academic support and time for several college-level general education courses. Build on a path to success with extra help in:

    • Study skills
    • Test-taking
    • Understanding and processing the lessons

    For more information, call 262.695.6500.

    English as a Second Language

    For those whose native language is not English, WCTC offers several basic-level and college-level English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in general studies and in some occupational areas.

    ESL Levels 1-6 at the Waukesha campus:

    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Speaking

    Teachers at the Waukesha campus work with students from more than 40 different countries.

    • Learn at your level.
    • Attend at no cost.
    • Day or evening classes.

    To get started, call 262.695.6500.

    Additional occupation-specific ESL classes are available at the Waukesha campus, and college-level ESL classes are offered at the Pewaukee campus. Learn more.

    U.S. Citizenship

    U.S. Citizenship classes are offered for those who are seeking to become a naturalized United States citizen. The class prepares participants for the test required by the Immigration and Naturalizing Service (INS), and it helps them with the process to become a U.S. citizen – from application to oath.

    • General introduction to key dates and events in U.S. history.
    • Identification of Americans who played an important role in the country’s development.
    • Overview of the U.S. government.
    • Explanation of U.S. citizens’ rights and responsibilities.

    Career and Job-seeking Skills

    Career counselors at the Waukesha campus are ready to help students succeed, and their services are free of charge. They help students:

    • Explore a variety of careers.
    • Search for available jobs.
    • Write a resume and cover letter.
    • Help with job applications.
    • Prepare for job interviews.