Nebraska Adult Education and GED®

The Application Period for requesting an Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funding application has officially closed.  For those who did request an application, the due date for submission is April 5, 2021.  Late submissions will not be accepted.  Please visit our grant resources page for additional information.

Applicant Information Session
Nebraska Adult Education will be hosting an applicant information session on Friday, February 19, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central Time. This information session will be held virtually via Zoom. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions related to the AEFLA Request for Applications (RFA) competitive process for AEFLA funding as well as the regulatory requirements of the title.

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Topic: AEFLA Applicant Information Session
Time: Feb 19, 2021 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 943 0752 7609
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Meeting ID: 943 0752 7609
This information session is intended to help prospective applicants better understand the funding, regulatory and programmatic requirements. Nebraska Department of Education staff will be present to provide information and to answer questions related to the funding.

Pertinent questions received during the information session and during the intent to apply period and application period will be posted on the Nebraska Adult Education website along with the appropriate response. If questions require research and evaluation prior to responding, final responses will also be posted under FAQ on the website. Applicants can access the AEFLA FAQ at:

Onsite, in-person access to this information session will not be available and will be held virtually.


Nebraska Adult Education, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) announces the availability of funding for basic skills improvement activities, high school equivalency (GED®) test preparation activities, English language acquisition activities, corrections education and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education activities for the 2022 Program Year, July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. The grant application is currently in federal review and is expected to be available for release in mid-February. Please check the webpage link below for availability and instructions. Nebraska Adult Education estimates that approximately $2.3 million will be available statewide. Total award amounts will be contingent on the amount of the Federal Grant Award to Nebraska Department of Education as the State Eligible Agency for AEFLA Funding.

Additional information, updated RFA timeline dates and other pertinent information including “how to apply” will be updated on the Adult Education website at:

Interested applicants must submit an intent to apply notice to:

COVID-19 GED® Testing Notice

Currently, some Nebraska GED® Test Centers are closed or have limited testing hours due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Visit for information about setting up your account, finding test centers and class sites near you and on-line testing GED® Exams online.

Welcome to Nebraska Adult Education

The Nebraska Department of Education is the State Eligible Agency (SEA) eligible to receive Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) funding directly from the United States Department of Education.  With the authorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Adult Education serves Nebraska residents as Title II of a federal partnership focused on high quality education and workforce preparation activities.

Nebraska Adult Education and the Nebraska Department of Education are fully committed to preparing all Nebraskans for learning, earning and living.  The Nebraska Adult Education program will:

  • Promote proactive leadership to improve opportunities for adult learners
  • Develop partnerships that support Nebraskans’ learning needs
  • Provide opportunities to receive fair, equitable and high quality education activities
  • Provide access to positive transition through all phases of learning and into civic life
  • Promote access to quality professional development for all adult education instructors
  • Prepare adult learners to be college, career and civic ready

Mission Statement

To provide direct and equitable access to Adult Education programs that are focused on high quality English language acquisition, adult basic skills improvement and high school equivalency credentialing that promote opportunities to transition to postsecondary education, job training opportunities and life-long careers.

AEFLA-Funded Nebraska Adult Education Providers

Nebraska Adult Education programs are located throughout the State.  The following providers administer our program in select onsite classrooms and through distance education opportunities:

Central Community College Adult Education
Program Director:  Jessica Igo

Crete Public Schools Adult Education
Program Director:  Diane Bruha

Mid-Plains Community College Adult Education
Program Director:  Robin Rankin

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Program Director:  Susan Harder

Northeast Community College
Program Director:  Emily Duncan

Metropolitan Community College
Program Director:  Tammy Green

Plattsmouth Community Schools
Program Director:  Tallie VanWesten

Southeast Community College
Program Director:  Cristina Thaut

Western Nebraska Community College
Contact:  Norman Coley, Jr.

Program Year 2021 Continuation Grants

In preparation for Program Year 2021, beginning July 1, 2020 only those local program providers awarded Adult Education and Family Literacy Act funding during the Program Year 2019 request for proposals (RFP) are eligible for a continuation of services grant for PY21.

Nebraska Adult Education will announce all future request for proposals for Adult Education and Family Literacy Act funding on this website as well as publish in statewide news publications.

Distance Education

As defined by the National Reporting System (NRS), Distance Education is a formal learning activity where students and instructors are separated by geography, time or both for the majority for the instructional period.

The purpose of Distance Education in Nebraska is to provide learning opportunities to a larger population of students across the State. Due to the large geographic area and the often challenging economic status of adult learners, distance education provides more students with the opportunity to enroll in basic skills improvement, high school equivalency test preparation and English language acquisition programs without the barrier of traveling to and from class on a regular basis.

How to Request GED® Records

All requests for duplicate diplomas, transcripts and verification of GED® completions must be in writing. No confidential information will be given out over the telephone. The $2 fee (cash, check or money order payable to the Nebraska Department of Education) is required for transcripts and duplicate diplomas. Verification requests from potential employers, background investigators, and/or others must include a signed release from the individual along with the person’s printed name, date of birth, and approximate year of successful completion. These requests may be scanned and/or emailed to or faxed to 402/471-0117. Please allow 48 hours for verification requests; two weeks for duplicate diploma and transcript requests.

GED® Advisory

The tests of General Educational Development (GED® tests) developed by the General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education (GED® Testing Service) require extensive preparation and the demonstration of a high level of high school knowledge and academic skills.

The GED® tests are administered in Nebraska only at official GED® testing centers under the direction of the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Adult Education section or online through an account set up only through the official GED Testing Service at Any other high school equivalency diploma not issued by the Nebraska Department of Education or other Nebraska GED® testing authority may be of dubious value and may not be accepted by employers, colleges and universities or the military.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Communication From GED® Testing Service

We understand that educators, test centers and GED® students may be concerned about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how it may impact GED® testing. We are monitoring the situation carefully and are following guidance provided by governing bodies, Pearson and Pearson VUE. At this time, GED® test centers across most of the country are operating normally and are using standard precautions.

Test centers that deliver the GED® are controlled locally and are advised to make any closure decisions based upon information provided by local and state authorities and government agencies. Test centers that decide to close for any period of time should notify Pearson VUE immediately, so that they can cancel tests appointments and notify students of their test cancellations as quickly as possible. Test centers should call 1-866-389-3665, option #2 to report a closure.

Students who are impacted due to test center closures will receive notification that their test has been cancelled and their testing fees will be refunded. Students can reschedule their test on for when the testing site has reopened, or at another open test center.

To maintain a safe testing environment at GED test centers, we are asking test administrators and test-takers to follow the guidance below:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds prior to arriving at the test center, and after testing
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with your arm or elbow, not your hands
  • Utilize hand sanitizer when available
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay at home from work or reschedule your test if you are feeling unwell or have symptoms such as a fever or respiratory difficulties

We are committed to the safety or GED test-takers and test center workers. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information as needed.


Updated May 19, 2021 10:25pm