CCC Adult Education

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Thank you for your interest in adult education. For more information, or to enroll in one of the classes below, contact the Colby Community College Adult Education office at (785) 460-5486. Please note, child care is not provided during classes.

Beginning July 1, 2023, the GED exam costs $39 per section. The minimum total is $156. The first retake is $13, followed by $39 if an addition is needed. After three exams, the student must wait 60 days before testing again.


Location Classes Hours Dates
Colby Community College
1255 South Range Ave.
HF Davis Library
(Lower Level)
Colby, KS
GED Prep
Academic Improvement
Mon. and Wed.
8:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Summer: By appointment

Orientation: Aug 21, 22
Class: Aug 28- Nov 8

Orientation: Nov 13,15 
Class: Nov 20-Feb 24

Orientation: Feb 26, 28
Class: March 4 -May 24

  Colby ESL Mon. and Wed.
5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Orientation: Aug 21, 22
Class: Aug 28- Nov 8

Orientation: Nov 13,15 
Class: Nov 20-Feb 24

Orientation: Feb 26, 28
Class March 4 -May 24

  Cognitive Perspectives Mondays
9 a.m.-noon
1-4 p.m.
Orientation: July 10
July 17 – Sept 25

Orientation: Oct 2
Class: Oct 9 – Dec 18

Orientation: Jan 8, 2023
Class: Jan 15 – March 26

Orientation: April 3
Class: April 10- June 24

  Financial Literacy Tues. and Thurs.
9 a.m. to noon
1-4 p.m.
Orientation: Class: July 13
July 20 – Sept 7

Orientation: Oct 5
Class: Oct 12 – Nov 30
Orientation: Jan 11
Class: Jan 18 – March 7

Orientation: April 4
Class: April 11- May 30


Location Classes Hours Dates

Corrections Bldg.
1301 Oak Street
Hays, KS

GED Prep

Mon. and Wed., 6-10 p.m.

Orientation: Aug 21, 22
Class: Aug 28-Nov 8

Orientation: Nov 13, 15
Class: Nov 20 – Feb 24

Orientation: Feb 26, 28
Class March 4 –May 24
  Cognitive Perspectives

9 a.m. to noon
1-4 p.m.
Orientation: July 11
Class: July 18-Sept 26

Orientation: Oct 3
Class: Oct 10 - Dec. 19

Orientation: Jan 2, 2023
Class: Jan 9 – March 26

Orientation: April 4
Class: April 11- June 25

  Financial Literacy Tues. and Thurs.
9 a.m. to noon
1-4 p.m.

Orientation: July 11
Class: July 18 - Sept 5

Orientation: Oct 3
Class: Oct 10 – Dec 5

Orientation: Jan 9
Class: Jan 16 – March 5

Orientation: April 2
Class: April 9 - May 28

Locations Classes    
Norton Correctional Facility 
Norton, KS
Academic Improvement
Essential Skills
Offered for inmates only.
For information and eligibility, call 785.460-5486 or 785.877.6701 


Primary Contact:
Dian Organ, Director of Adult Education
(785) 460-5486 

Class Offerings (classes meet in sessions 6 to 10 weeks in length depending upon location)

Skill Building

  • Math
  • Grammar and Writing
  • Reading
  • Skill building for College Preparation
  • Pre-Employment Skills
  • Technology Skills

Preparation for exam leading to Kansas High School Diploma

  • GED Prep including reading, writing, math, social studies, science, problem solving, and critical thinking
  • Practice tests determining likely success on GED exam
  • Assist learner in scheduling GED exam with Pearson Vue

STAR Reading

  • Comprehension
  • Phonetics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary

Work and Life Skills, Cognitive/Behavior Management

  • Reading and Math in Context
  • Job Seeking Strategies, Application, Resume, Cover Letter, Interview
  • Values, Ethics and Beliefs
  • Personal Risk/Need Cycle
  • Strategies for Successful Change
Blended Class Option

Blended classes involve both on-site and online participation. Students must meet requirements prior to enrollment.

***All classes are instructor-led and include a variety of instructional methods including class discussion and projects, content practice in class (paper/pencil, computer, and board work), practice assessments, and assignments.

Eligibility for Adult Education (it is not just GED anymore!)
  • Must be over the age of 16
  • Cannot be currently enrolled in public school
  • Individuals holding a high school credential must qualify through initial assessments
16 and 17 year olds:
  • Obtain a compulsory school attendance disclaimer from the high school in the public school district in which the student resides.
  • Complete an “underage conference” prior to enrollment. This can be scheduled with the Adult Education office; a parent or guardian must attend and sign documentation.
Home Schooled Learners 16 or 17 years of age: Call for information

Cost for Adult Education Classes

Colby Community College Adult Education classes are funded by federal and state grants and local support and are provided without charge. Books, calculators, materials and computers are made available for student use by the program.

Kansas High School Equivalency

Earning a Kansas High School Diploma issued through the Kansas Board of Regents by successfully passing the GED® exam is a critical step in improving literacy skills and lives. Obtaining a diploma can result in:

  • Securing a job, moving up within a current job, or launching a career
  • Increased earning power
  • Financial security
  • Self-satisfaction
  • Opening doors to advanced training and higher education (accepted by more than 95% of U.S. colleges and universities, some scholarships available for outstanding performance on the exam
  • A credential recognized as a key to employment opportunities, advancement, further education

Famous recipients of the GED High School Equivalency include:

  • Peter Jennings, ABC News Anchor
  • Ben Night Horse Campbell, former U.S. Senator from Colorado
  • Mary Lou Retton, medal-winning Olympic gymnast
  • Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s restaurant
  • Chris Rock, comedian
  • Mark Wahlberg, actor and musician
  • Gretchen Wilson, country music singer

GED® Testing

14 GED® test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. After passing the GED® test, Test-takers will receive a GED® transcript to apply to college, start training, or get a better job, as well as a diploma issued by the state of Kansas.

Students are encouraged to prepare for the test at one of the Colby Adult Education Locations.  Check with the Colby office to determine the next available session and the best location to attend. Those feeling preparation is not necessary may directly register for testing by accessing the portal at The portal is used to schedule and pay for exams and to provide additional resources to the test-taker. Learners may schedule modules over a period of time or take them in close succession. Each of the four modules cost $33 or a total of $132.  Payment options include debit or credit cards or a purchased voucher. For questions or assistance with scheduling the GED® test in Colby, contact Dian Organ at 785.460.5486.

Science $33 90 minutes, one single section
Social Studies $33 90 minutes, divided into two sections:
  • Section 1 (65 minutes) tests all content
  • Section 2 (25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
Mathematical Reasoning $33 115 minutes, one single section
Reasoning through Language Arts $33 150 minutes, divided into three sections:
  • Section 1 (35 minutes*) tests all content
  • Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
  • Student break (10 minutes)
  • Section 3 (60 minutes*) tests all content 

Common Questions about GED®

How does a GED® compare to a high school diploma?

  • When a student takes the GED® tests in the state of Kansas, they will earn the Kansas State High School Diploma issued by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR). KBOR oversees all four year public universities such as K-State, KU and Emporia State University, all community colleges, and all technical colleges.

How is the GED® Test different?

  • Beginning January 2014 a new GED® test was launched.
  • Computerized format, must be taken at computer testing center
  • Higher levels of academics based around the college and career readiness standards
  • Change in cost and payment options

Does the test have to be taken in English?

  • The GED® Test is available in English and Spanish

Should a person study for the GED® Test?

  • Most testers do spend time in the adult education classroom brushing up on their skills or building skills in areas they have not studied before.  There is no “average length of time” it takes to be ready for the exam.  The amount of time is depends upon skills upon entry, ability of the student, and the determination and effort put into course work.

Will a college accept the Kansas High School Diploma based on the GED® Test?

  • Over 97% of colleges and universities in the US will accept this credential, however, the scores earned on the exam will determine course placement levels.  The minimum score for a typical college for credit bearing courses is 170 or higher which means passing with honors. 

Will employers accept a GED® Test as a high school completion to achieve employment?

  • A student can share with employers that they have their Kansas State High School Diploma by passing the GED® Test.