GED, ABE, Education
Our GED graduation ceremony was held at the Durango Public Library this past December.  We had about 40 graduates walk to receive their diploma. Our graduates have a very supportive community which includes their family, friends and proud Teachers!
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Stephanie Moran
Program Manager
Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm


  GED Program Overview

If you are over 16 years old and interested in getting your GED, contact us today!  

Our GED program provides a unique and caring environment with excellent, certified instructors.  The General Education Development, or GED, is a nationally-recognized high school equivalency diploma.  You must pass each of four subject tests: Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. 


We offer GED preparation classes during the day, Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm.  On Tuesday and Thursday nights, we offer guided self-study preparation opportunities from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  For students whose ultimate goal is to earn a GED but whose skills may need more development, we offer classes in math, writing, and reading at a more basic level that will help you to make progress and prepare for GED-level classes.


We want all of our students to succeed, so we aim to help students overcome the obstacles that block their educational goals.  That is why we offer group and individual tutoring services along with limited child care.  


Please note that the Durango Education Center closes during winter weather when the Durango School District closes. Please check ahead of time to make sure we are open in severe winter weather.

  Spotlight: David Renfrow

David first came to the Durango Adult Education Center in 2010, but left to care for his grandfather. He returned in January with a focus to complete his GED.  He passed the last test in early May and attended graduation.    

David shares, "You can’t do much without a diploma, a degree, or an education. I’m graduating the same time I would have if I stayed in high school which I’m very happy about. My mom got her GED and went on to get her Ph.D. I know this is just the beginning for me. My advice to students thinking of getting their GED is to choose the path less traveled. It could be harder and you might not like it but once you’re done, you’re done. You have this diploma and you can get further in life.”

David is currently working at the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as a watchman.  He is excited to take on new challenges and will be enrolling in college this coming fall! He would like to major in geology. 

Who can enroll in the GED Program?
Students who don't have a high school diploma can earn a GED high school diploma. The GED program is for students 16 yrs and older.  Students must be at least 16 yrs old to take the GED test. If you are under 17, you will not be admitted into the program without completing the Age Waiver form and interview.
How do I sign up for the GED program?
New students will need to complete the enrollment form.  Completed enrollment forms and one orientation session must be completed before starting classes.  Call or come by to make an appointment for orientation.  Office hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm.
How will my classes be determined?
Before you attend classes, you will be required to complete an educational interview.  This, along with your pre-TABE test scores will determine what classes you will need to take.  Students will enroll in courses along with teachers and/or  tutors in small classes.  
How much does the GED program cost?
The $40.00 registration fee covers all the prep classes necessary to complete the GED test.  
Can I go to college with a GED?
Yes!  More than 95% of colleges accept the GED.  
How much does the GED test cost?
Each of the 4  subtests cost $37.50 for a total of $150.00; subtests can be taken one at a time or in various combinations. Official Practice Tests are $6 each.  
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