The Hi-SET will prepare students to take the five online subject exams to obtain their High-School Equivalency. Students will have the option to enroll in a second course, such as the career skills class, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and computers.
The goal of the project is to provide low-income Latinas who have dropped out of school the coursework and training to pass the HiSET; develop computer skills; and assume next steps, be it employment, college, or job training.
MUA would like to elaborate on the benefit of a HiSET in Spanish. Factors that contribute to our HiSET students' needing to take the exam in Spanish are age, scheduling, and class availability. They do not have the seven years required to master academic English (as quoted from everythingesl.net). MUA’s program has been in existence since 1994 with successful outcomes.
Over 90% of our students are mothers and MUA's day schedule enables them to obtain their High School Equivalency while caring for their children at home and coordinating their older children's transportation to and from school. We are one of only a handful of programs in Massachusetts offering the High School Equivalency in Spanish; our waiting list is long and space is limited.
By passing assessments to demonstrate knowledge and competencies gained, students move through the HiSET program. 75% of High School Equivalency students enroll in one other class in addition to HiSET classes, such as ESOL or computer. The flexibility in MUA's schedules and their assessments allows them to easily move up in English and computers throughout their duration in MUA's program, so that they not only pass the HiSET, but simultaneously learn English and marketable job skills, to facilitate the transition to next steps-college, employment for the first time, or advanced employment.
This program may be offered remotely.