HSE/GED and ESOL Classes

The Library has partnered with Owens Community College and Penta Career Center to provide High School Equivalency (HSE) (formerly GED) and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes across the community.


Owens Community College

WHO: Adults wanting to obtain an HSE/GED diploma.

WHAT: Tuition-free HSE/GED classes where participants work at their own pace until they are ready to take the HSE/GED test. Face-to-face and remote learning options are available. Once enrolled, students are required to attend a two-day, in-person orientation.

WHEN: HSE/GED classes are available Monday-Thursday in the morning, afternoon, and evening, depending on the location.

Owens Community College HSE/GED Class Schedule

WHERE: Four Library locations are host to Owens’ in-person HSE/GED classes:

  • Lagrange: (M) and (W) 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Locke: (M) and (W) 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Kent: (M) and (W) noon – 4 p.m.
  • Heatherdowns: (Tu) and (Th) noon – 4 p.m.


  • Go to owens.edu/ccr.
  • Fill out the Student Registration and Release of Information Form.
  • Once the form is submitted, someone from Owens’ Career Readiness Center will be in contact to schedule the New Student Orientation.

Questions or concerns? Contact Owens Community College by phone at 567.661.2227 or visit owens.edu/ccr.

Penta Career Center

WHO: Adults wanting to obtain an HSE/GED diploma.

WHAT: Free HSE/GED classes that are offered year-round, both in person and online. The program is self-paced and students continue with classes until they earn their HSE/GED diploma. Orientation is the first full week of each month and classes take place two days a week.

WHERE AND WHEN: Eleven Library branches are included in the list of class locations:

  • Birmingham: (Tu) and (F) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Holland: (M) and (W) 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Kent: (Tu) and (Th) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Main Library: (Sa) 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Mott: (M) and (W) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Oregon: (Tu) and (Th) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Point Place: (M) and (W) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Reynolds Corners: (M) and (W) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • South: (M) and (W) 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Toledo Heights: (Tu) and (Th) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • West Toledo: (Tu) and (Th) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Washington: (Tu) and (Th) 3 – 7 p.m.


  • Call Penta Career Center at 419.661.6182 to register.

Additional information is available at pentacareercenter.org/ASPIRE.aspx.


Owens Community College

There are currently no Owens Community College ESOL classes taking place at the Library. For more information, visit owens.edu/cc or call 567.661.2227.


WHO: Adult learners who want to improve their English skills to obtain an HSE/GED diploma, enter post-secondary education, or prepare for employment.

WHAT: Penta Career Center offers no-cost ESOL classes at over 30 locations throughout the community. Once enrolled, students are required to attend orientation.

WHERE AND WHEN: South branch is included in Penta’s list of class locations.

Oct. 5 – Dec. 20, 2021
South: (Tu) (W) and (Th) 1 – 3:30 p.m.


  • Call Penta Career Center at 419.661.6182 to register.

For more information, visit pentacareercenter.org/ASPIRE.aspx or call 419.824.8539.


Effective Jan.11, 2021, online proctoring is available for the High School Equivalency Program. The test is given in 4 sections which include the following components: Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies

Proctoring Guidelines

  • All test takers must be Ohio residents, and are eligible for one voucher code per vendor.
  • Age requirements for test takers 16, 17, and 18 years of age remain the same.
  • Test takers who wish to take the GED Online Proctored (OP) exam, must take and pass the GED Ready. There are no discounted retakes for the OP exam.

Testing Requirements