Northwood Technical College Offers Free Adult Basic Education Classes

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They say you can never be too old to learn. Well, that is right; at Northwood Technical College, you can enroll in basic adult education classes for free. These classes are available at all four of Northwood’s Technical College campuses and several outreach sites.
Classes are flexible, and people can enroll in them anytime during the semester.

The college offers classes to help adults who are looking at getting their GED/HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) and preparing them for the exams. These classes are only offered to Wisconsin residents 18 years or older.

One academic support instructor compared the difference in potential earning between having and not having a GED/HSED.

"We found that students who get their GED’s or HSED increase their earning potential so much; as much as ten-thousand dollars a year,” said Twila Sauve. It is the difference between having a GED and not having a college diploma, said so it makes a huge difference in the lives of our students."

Along with the GED/HSED prep classes, the college offers basic skills classes such as reading, writing, grammar, science, social studies, and math to name a few. These classes are available to anyone.

Other classes will help students prepare to enter into college, help people with employment skills, enter the workforce with confidence, and achieve personal goals.

One student currently enrolled at Northwood Technical College started with getting her High School Equivalency Diploma.

"I started her this summer through the HSED program, and being 34 and trying to do all the educational stuff again, I was a little anxious and not thinking I could do it. But, as soon as I came in here, everyone was supper supported and they got me through it,” Eugena Sandberg.

The Academic support instructors at Northwood Tech College do not think of themselves as instructors but as a piece of their student’s path to success.

We are like “cheerleaders, we are here to help them and let them know they can do it because they can,” said Sonja Vonfrank.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact RaeAnn Johnson at 715.319.7321 or email