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If you are one of the 8,500 adults in Hawkins County or of 1,500 adults in Hancock County, who do not have a high school diploma, you need to take the first step. The diploma that is now earned is the High School Equivalency Diploma. This diploma is accepted in all types of higher education and employment.

Free classes are available in Hawkins and Hancock Counties, to prepare for the official exam. Classes are available during the day, evenings and even on Saturday to accommodate students. There is a charge for taking the official exam, but at this time the State of Tennessee is paying those fees. This makes the cost of receiving a High School Equivalent Diploma free.

Call the Hawkins and Hancock Adult Education Program to enroll or for more information. Our numbers are 1-423-272-8345 or 1-866-977-8345. Open enrollment is held weekly. Why not take to first step to furthering your education. It is time to earn that piece of education you need to help you reach your goals and live your dreams.

Student Success Story!

Melissa Brown is a student at Walters State Community College. She currently has a 3.8 GPA and is moving toward entering the nursing program.

Melissa struggled for years both financially and in her personal life. She left high school before graduating. She dreamed of becoming a nurse and making a better life for her family. She knew that not having her high school diploma prevented her from pursuing that dream. But in 2013, she took the first step by entering the Hawkins County Adult Education Program.


 School had never been easy for her, so she really had to study. She earned her GED®. “Never give up” was the motto that made her successful.   Melissa is now a successful, thriving college student who can see the bright lights of reaching her goal. Melissa is a great example of how earning a High School Equivalency Diploma can turn your life around.

It is the policy of the Hawkins County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.