Nebraska Public GED Testing Centers

Testing Fee: $30 per test

Tate Lauer, Nebraska GED® Administrator 402/471-4807 tate.lauer@nebraska.gov
Shirley Gruntorad, GED® Staff Assistant 402/471-2475 shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov

Beatrice
Southeast Community College
Contact: Lori Balke
402-228-8242
lbalke@southeast.edu

Chadron
Chadron State College
Contact: Stephanie Baumgarten
308-432-6851
baumgars@wncc.edu 

Columbus
Central Community College
Contact: Deb Adkisson
402-562-1206
dadkisson@cccneb.edu

Crete
Crete Public Schools
Contact: Diane Bruha
402-826-7895
dianeb@creteschools.org

Fremont
Metropolitan Community College
Contact: Nancy Canales
531-622-3005
ncanales@mccneb.edu

Grand Island
Central Community College
Contact: Ronald Christensen
308-398-7475
rchristensen@cccneb.edu

Hastings
Central Community College
Contact: RaeAnn Lurk
402-461-2429
rlurk@cccneb.edu

Kearney
Central Community College
Contact: Ronald Christensen
Kearney, NE 68847
308-398-7475
rchristensen@cccneb.edu

Lexington
Central Community College
Contact: Amy Hill
308-324-8485
ahill@cccneb.edu

Lincoln
Southeast Community College
Contact: Mark Bayliss
402-437-2626
mbayliss@southeast.edu

McCook
McCook Community College
Contact: Brandon Lenhart
308-345-8128
lenhartb@mpcc.edu

Niobrara
Nebraska Indian Community College-Santee Campus
Niobrara, NE 68760
402-241-5939
whenke@thenicc.edu

Norfolk
Northeast Community College
Contact: Kathy Schwartzer
402-844-7281
kathys@northeast.edu

North Platte
Mid-Plains Community College
Contact: Bridget Lange
308-535-3618
langeb@mpcc.edu

Omaha
Creighton University
Contact: John Gallion
402-280-3302
johngallion@creighton.edu

Metropolitan Community College–Fort Omaha
Contact: Val Smith
531-622-2206
vsmith@mccneb.edu

Metropolitan Community College-South
Contact: Matthew Lampe
531-622-4659
mlampe@mccneb.edu

Plattsmouth
Plattsmouth Community Schools
Contact: Tallie VanWesten
402-296-3174
tvanwesten@pcsd.org

Scottsbluff
Western Nebraska Community College
Contact: Patrick Leach
308-635-6701
leachp@wncc.edu

Sidney
Western Nebraska Community College
Contact: Mary Kay Versen
308-635-6769
versenm@wncc.edu

South Sioux City
Northeast Community College
Contact: Kathleen Schwartzer
402-844-7281
kathys@northeast.edu

Winnebago
Little Priest Tribal College
Contact: Maria Garcia
402-878-3302
mgarcia@littlepriest.edu

 

Nebraska Communities with Adult Education Class Sites

 

Alliance
Alliance Public Schools
Contact: Jeff Maddox, Jr.
308-635-6769
adulteducation@wncc.edu

Aurora
Central Community College
Contact: Jessica Igo
308-398-7433
jessiciago@cccneb.edu

Beatrice
Southeast Community College
Contact: Carla Stucky Shuck
402-228-8236
cshuck@southeast.edu

Broken Bow
Mid-Plains Community College
Contact: Kaci Johnson
308-872-5259
johnsonk@mpcc.edu

Chadron
Western NE Community College
Contact: Judy Rama
308-635-6769
adulteducation@wncc.edu

Columbus
Central Community College
Contact: Mary Wiegand
402-562-1432
marywiegand@cccneb.edu

Crete
Crete Public Schools
Contact: Ryan Hinz
402-826-5228
ryan.hinz@creteschools.org

Fremont
Metropolitan Community College
Contact: Angie Whitfield
531-622-4060
awhitfield@mccneb.edu

Gordon
Western NE Community College
Contact: Candy Goodrich
308-635-6769
 adulteducation@wncc.edu

Grand Island
Central Community College
Contact: Jessica Igo
308-398-7433
jessicaigo@cccneb.edu

Hastings
Central Community College
Contact: Anne Cannon
402-463-7323
annecannon@cccneb.edu

Hebron
Southeast Community College
Contact: Carla Stucky Shuck
402-228-8236
cshuck@southeast.edu

Holdrege
Central Community College
Contact: Diana Watson
308-995-6102
dwatson@cccneb.edu

Imperial
Mid-Plains Community College
Contact: Brenda Ledall
308-882-5972
ledallb@mpcc.edu

Kearney
Central Community College
Contact: Laurel Volpe
308-338-4009
lvolpe@cccneb.edu

Lexington
Central Community College
Contact: Marilynn Hersh
308-324-8483
mhersh@cccneb.edu

Lincoln
Southeast Community College
Contact: Rosi Decker
402-437-2716
rdecker@southeast.edu

McCook
Mccook Community College
Contact: Shannon Corder
308-345-8133
corders@mpcc.edu 

Nebraska City
Southeast Community College
Contact: Carla Stucky Shuck
402-228-8236
cshuck@southeast.edu

Norfolk
Northeast Community College
Contact: Jamie Meaux
402-844-7500
jamiem@northeast.edu

North Platte
North Platte Community College
Contact: Robin Rankin
308-535-3637
rankinr@mpcc.edu

O’Neill
Northeast Community College
Contact: Robert Thomas
402-340-2826
robertt@northeast.edu

Ogallala
Mid-Plains Community College
Contact: Mary Pierce
308-284-9830
piercem@mpcc.edu

Omaha
Incommon Community Development
Contact: Nicolette Geveshausen
402-342-7323
ngeveshausen@midlandsliteracy.org

Learning Community Campus
Contact: Nicolette Geveshausen
402-342-7323
ngeveshausen@midlandsliteracy.org

Literacy Center For The Midlands
Contact: Pierre Sagitteh
402-342-7323
psagitteh@midlandsliteracy.org

Metropolitan Community College
Contact: Angie Whitfield
531-622-4060
awhitfield@mccneb.edu

Re-Entry Assistance Program
Contact: Nicolette Geveshausen
402-342-7323
ngeveshausen@midlandsliteracy.org
 
Dale Clark Main Library
Contact: Nicolette Geveshausen
402-342-7323
ngeveshausen@midlandsliteracy.org

O’Neill
Northeast Community College
Contact: Robert Thomas
402-844-7255
robertt@northeast.edu

Ord
Central Community College
Contact: Crystal Ramm
308-728-3299
crystalramm@cccneb.edu

Plattsmouth
Plattsmouth Community Schools
Contact: Tallie Van Westen
402-296-3174 x 2315
tvanwesten@pcsd.org

Schuyler

Central Community College
Contact: Mary Wiegand
402-352-8221

Cargill
Contact:  Jolene Hake
402-352-8221
jolenehake@cccneb.edu

Scottsbluff
Western NE Community College
Contact: Mary Kay Versen
308-635-6769
adulteducation@wncc.edu

Sidney
Western NE Community College
Contact: Jeff Maddox
308-635-6769
adulteducation@wncc.edu

South Sioux City
Northeast Community College
Contact: Jean Gormally
402-241-6417
jeang@northeast.edu

Tecumseh

Southeast Community College
Contact: Carla Stucky Shuck
402-228-8236
cshuck@southeast.edu

Valentine
Mid-Plains Community College
Contact: Jennifer Nollett
402-376-8033
nollettj@mpcc.edu

Wahoo
Southeast Community College
Contact: Carla Stucky Shuck
402-228-8236
cshuck@southeast.edu

Wakefield
Northeast Community College
Connie Wageman
402-844-7255
conniew@northeast.edu

West Point
Northeast Community College
Contact: Beth Roberts
402-380-8653
bethr@northeast.edu

York
York Public Schools
Contact: Carla Stucky Shuck
402-228-8236
cshuck@southeast.edu

You’ve Passed All the Tests!

Dear Graduate:

You’ve recently passed all the GED® tests? Congratulations on meeting the scoring requirements making you eligible to obtain a State of Nebraska Department of Education High School Diploma!

Change of Address? Contact the GED® Testing Service to ask for an update to your account: 877-392-6433 and email your change of address to: Shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov

Within the next two weeks, you will receive an envelope from the Nebraska Department of Education. Two different forms will arrive. One is the fee letter/form for your diploma. Complete that and return it to our office with $5 (cash/check/money order). If you haven’t received a letter from the Department in two weeks after passing all the tests, check your GED® account to be sure that your address is current and correct. The second form you’ll find is to request an Official Transcript. The fee is $2.  Click the link to download the Nebraska GED Transcript Request Form.

Requirements for Issuance of Diploma:

Passing test scores: A minimum standard score of 145 is required on each of the four tests for a total standard score of 580 to be eligible to receive a high school equivalency credential. A score of at least 165 on a test module indicates college and career readiness in that particular subject area.

Minimum age: 18 and is unable to secure a diploma from the high school he/she last attended; or the class of which he/she was a member at the time of withdrawal from school has been graduated for at least one year; and

Residence: An individual must have been a resident of Nebraska for at least the 30 days immediately preceding diploma issuance. An individual is also eligible for a State of Nebraska High School Diploma if the GED® scoring requirements have been met and the final period of high school attendance which credit was earned towards graduation was in a Nebraska high school.

Nebraska Adult Education Directors

Nebraska Department of Education
Tate Lauer, Director
Nebraska Department of Education
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509
 402/471-4807  FAX 402/471-0117
tate.lauer@nebraska.gov
 
Marisol Birth, Program Specialist
402/471-4826
Marisol.birth@nebraska.gov

Jan Drbal, Professional Assistant
402/471-4830
jan.drbal@nebraska.gov

Central Community College Area
Ann Chambers, Director
PO Box 4903
Grand Island, NE 68802-4903
308/398-7446  FAX: 308/398-7446
1/877-222-0780 X7446
achambers@cccneb.edu

Crete Public Schools
Diane Bruha, Director
920 Linden Avenue
Crete, NE 68333
402/826-5228
FAX: 402/826-1086
dianeb@creteschools.org

Ryan Hinz, AE Coordinator
402/826-7897
ryan.hinz@creteschools.org

Literacy Center for the Midlands – Omaha
Linda Butkus, Executive Director
Literacy Center for the Midlands
324 S. 72nd Street
Omaha, NE 68114
402/342-7323  FAX:  402/345-9045
lbutkus@midlandsliteracy.org  
  
Pierre Sagitteh, Program Director
402/342-7323
psagitteh@midlandsliteracy.org

Mid-Plains Community College Area
Robin Rankin, Director
1101 Halligan Drive
North Platte, NE 69101
308/535-3637 or
800/658-4308 X3637  FAX: 308/535-3689
rankinr@mpcc.edu
 
Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Jean Slieter, Director
PO Box 94661
Folsom & W. Prospector Place
Lincoln, NE 68509-4661
402/479-5545  FAX: 402/479-5623
jean.slieter@nebraska.gov

Northeast Community College
Nancy Schultz, Director
801 East Benjamin Avenue
PO Box 469
Norfolk, NE 68702-0469
402/844-7254/402/844-7255  FAX: 402/844-7400
nancyjs@northeast.edu

Emily Duncan, AE Coordinator
402/844-7253
emily@northeast.edu

Metropolitan Community College
Angie Whitfield, Director
PO Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103
531/622-4060   FAX: 402/457-2655
awhitfield@mccneb.edu
 
Plattsmouth Community Schools
Tallie VanWesten, Director
1912 East Highway 34
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
402/296-3174 X2315   FAX: 402/296-2910
tvanwesten@pcsd.org

Southeast Community College – Beatrice
Lynn Saffer, Assistant Director
 8800 “O” Street, J2
 Lincoln, NE 68520
402/437-2719  FAX: 402/228-2897
lsaffer@southeast.edu

Southeast Community College – Lincoln
Diane Vesely-Robb, Director
8800 “O” Street
Lincoln, NE 68520
402/437-2717  FAX: 402/437-2704
dveselyrobb@southeast.edu
 
Susan Kash-Brown
ESL, Assistant Director
402/437-2722
skash-brown@southeast.edu

Western Nebraska Community College – Scottsbluff (and Alliance Public Schools)
Mary Kay Versen, Director
1601 E. 27th Street
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
308/635-6769 (Scottsbluff)  
308/763-2018 (Alliance)
308/254-7458
versenm@wncc.edu

Tia Lively, Coordinator
308/635-6771
thompso2@wncc.edu  

 

Contact Us

Toll Free (In Nebraska): 1-877 EARN GED

Adult Education Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509
FAX: 402/471-0117

Tate Lauer
AE Director/GED® Administrator
tate.lauer@nebraska.gov
Phone: 402/471-4807

Marisol Birth
Program Specialist, Adult Education
Marisol.birth@nebraska.gov 
Phone: 402/471-4826

Shirley Gruntorad
GED® Professional Assistant
shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov
Phone: 402/471-2475

Jan Drbal
Adult Education Professional Assistant
jan.drbal@nebraska.gov
Phone: 402/471-4830

Instructions for Withdrawal from Attendance Form 10-005

 

Download a PDF version of the withdrawal from attendance form 10-005 instructions

This form is to be utilized by the superintendent or designee of the superintendent for a public school district. All of the required fields in the form must be entered before the form can be printed.  The form will alert you if a required field has not been entered.  Only one of the two boxes for the reason for withdrawal of the child on the form can be entered.

The form is only to be completed if:

  1. The person making the written request does not rescind that request at the end of the exit interview; and
  2. The superintendent or designee believes that a preponderance of evidence has been presented by the person making the request that (a) the person has legal or actual charge or control of the child, and (b) the child is experiencing (i) financial hardships requiring the child to be employed to support the child’s family or dependents of the child, or (ii) illness that makes attendance impossible or impracticable.

If superintendent or designee determine these conditions exist at the close of the exit interview, then the person making the request and the superintendent or designee are required to sign the form. The child shall sign the form if the child is experiencing financial hardships requiring the child to be employed to support the child’s family or dependents of the child.

A copy of the signed form should be provided to the person making the request, with a copy also being placed in the student’s file of the school district under Section 79-2,104.

The school district is required to provide the Nebraska Department of Education with a copy of withdrawal forms which can be accomplished by sending a PDF of the completed form with signatures via e-mail to tate.lauer@nebraska.gov.

Career Pathways Instructional Material

Nebraska Adult Education and GED

Career Pathways Logo Arrow and Ladder

Career Pathways Instructional Material

American Job Centers
List of Nebraska’s American Job Centers with contact information.

College and Career Readiness Plan for Nebraska Adult Education
Nebraska’s Career Pathways (wheel) of program components with links to various websites.

Eligible Population By County
For Fiscal Year 2015, by county, the number and percentage of eligible adults ages 18-64 who were served in Nebraska AE programs.

Intake Form
Career Pathways Interview and Plan for AE students. (To be used during program orientation.)

Nebraska Middle Skill Jobs
A look at the need for more middle skill workers in Nebraska.

Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation Offices
A list of Nebraska’s Vocational Rehabilition Offices, with contact information.

ONET Job Zones
For use with the ONET Interest Profiler.

Prior to Post Test Ideas
Ideas for instructors to use to verify student readiness to post-test as well as tips for after post-testing.

Ten-Hour Check Ideas
Ideas for instructors to use to gauge and encourage student commitment to the program.

Understand Yourself
An example of a learning styles checklist to use with your AE students.

Weekly Schedules
For student use.

WIOA Is..
A brief look at WIOA changes for Adult Education.

WIOA One Stop Fact Sheet
Overview of WIOA, in particular, the American Job Centers.

Website Corrections

Contact: shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov

Nebraska Adult Education and GED®

Effective March 6, 2017, Vicki Bauer has retired from the Nebraska Department of Education. Tate Lauer is the current State Adult Education Director and GED® Administrator.

Scoring change: The revised Rule 81 (Rules and Regulations for the High School Equivalency Program)
effective April 27, 2016 confirms that the State of Nebraska has adopted the updated passing score for each of the four GED® tests as recommended by GED® Testing Service. The passing score is now 145 instead of 150. The GED® with Honors score has been replaced by two new score levels that show a graduate is ready for college or a career-training program, and in some cases eligible to earn college credits: GED® College Ready (165-174) and GED® College Ready + Credit (175-200).

The new score levels represent the full range of abilities of today’s high school graduates, whether the person is meeting minimum graduation standards or ready for college and beyond. An extensive analysis of GED® test takers and high school graduate data was examined to determine this score change.

If you took a GED® test module between January 1, 2014 and April 26, 2016 and earned a score between 145-149 on that subject, your records have been updated to show that you have passed that test. If, because of this change, you’ve now passed all four GED® test subject areas, you are eligible to receive a State of Nebraska Department of Education High School Diploma* and should soon receive the information that you’ll need to obtain your Diploma and/or Official Transcripts through the Nebraska Department of Education. If you have not received notification through the mail from the State Department of Education 14 days after you have received email notification from GED® Testing Service that you’ve passed all four tests, contact shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov.

*See Rule 81 for diploma qualifications

Adult Education and Nebraska GED®

Thank you for visiting the home page of the Nebraska GED® and Adult Education programs. From this page you can request duplicate GED® diplomas, GED® transcripts and find the Nebraska GED® testing center and/or Nebraska Adult Education classes nearest you. Read testimonials from successful GED® graduates. Test-takers can also register online by visiting http://www.gedtestingservice.com/ged-testing-service. You will see test centers located closest to the address you provide.

The section of the Nebraska Department of Education is responsible for statewide planning and evaluation, promoting interagency cooperation and coordination, public education and awareness, teacher training, curriculum research and development, resource inventory, staff assistance to local programs, funding, and program and project development at state and local levels.

Mission

Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for adults to improve their literacy skills to a level requisite for effective citizenship and productive employment. This includes preparation for and successful completion of the high school equivalency program.

Interested in Distance Education?

Nebraska Adult Education offers two programs. Contact your local Adult Education program or call 877/327-6433 for more information.

USA Learns is an online instructional program for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. It was originally developed by the US Department of Education, but is now administered through the Sacramento County California Office of Education. The program is free; it can be utilized both in and out of the classroom. Students must attend class along with utilizing USA Learns outside the classroom. It has three distinct courses: beginning, intermediate, and high level; the three main areas of learning are: survival skills, workplace skills, and the practice of reading and writing.

I-Pathways is an online instructional program designed for the GED® prep student; one who scores at least at the 9th grade level on the TABE reading, level D assessment. Nebraska offers it as a hybrid model in which a student comes to class at least two times a month to check-in with the instructor. AE programs do offer appropriate students the online instruction option after the TABE pre-testing is done and the instructor visits with an individual to determine if he/she is a good candidate for distance learning.

Reality Check Video

During the Career Pathways workshops this past summer, we showed the video Reality Check. That particular version was written for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program here at NDE.  We then asked the creator, Kevin Fleming, to change parts of it so that the entire video addresses our AE students. 

Library Materials Available for Check Out to
Nebraska’s Adult Education Staff

The State ABE Office of NDE has a lending library of materials for both AE and ESL. Some are for instructors and others are resources containing practical ideas and exercises to be used with students. Read the descriptions and if you should decide you would like to peruse some, please call or e-mail Tate Lauer at 402/471-4807 – tate.lauer@nebraska.gov.  Many of the resources contain EXCELLENT material for students struggling in specific areas. Other materials would make WONDERFUL additions to, or a basis for staff development sessions. If you would like to preview or discuss any of the materials, just drop in or contact Tate. Materials can be checked out for 6 weeks (longer if not in demand).

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 (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 emailed to shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov or faxed to 402/471-0117. Please allow 48 hours for verification requests; two weeks for duplicate diploma and transcript requests. Contact us.

GED® Advisory

Please be advised that the State of Nebraska High School diploma can be neither earned nor obtained via the Internet or through correspondence programs. If you take a test on the Internet that claims to be the GED® Tests, it is not a legitimate program. 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. 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.

 

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