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High School Equivalency, Basic Skills and ESL

The Basic Skills Program at Mitchell Community College assists students in improving their reading, writing, and math skills. Students will prepare for their High School Equivalency test, with the ultimate goal of earning their High School Equivalency degree.

English as a Second Language classes are also available to learn survival-level English.

All Basic Skills classes are free to students.

Mitchell Community College offers programs that combine Basic Skills and occupational education to assist students in finding employment.   In most cases, Basic Skills students can have tuition or registration fees waived for continuing education occupational classes while preparing for the High School Equivalency test at the same time.

HSE (High School Equivalency) Transcripts and Diploma Forms
If you obtained a high school equivalency diploma in North Carolina, you will need to request your records from DiplomaSender (link opens in a new page). Please note: DiplomaSender does not work on Internet Explorer. Diploma Sender web address: 


 Basic Skills Programs

Get Started
To enroll, attend a registration and orientation session . Call (704) 878-3232 for more information. Or Click Here (opens in new window)  to sign up. 

Orientation Information
Call (704) 878-3232 to learn more

Mitchell joins “Move Ahead with Adult Ed” campaign

Graduation Information

If you are at least 18 and want to improve your reading, writing, math, money management, problem-solving skills and survival skills, this free class is for you.


For More Information

 Call (704) 878-3232  for online opportunities

Classes are offered to help you achieve your High School Equivalency Diploma. Paper Based and Computer Based Testing are available to earn your HSE. 

You must pass all subject area tests in Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies to earn your HSE diploma from the state of NC. There are no fees for the classes and materials but testing fees are currently $10.75 for each computer-based test and $15 for each paper-based test. 

Test Preparation Options

Enjoy the flexibility of Internet-based learning using free online materials. Internet access is required.        

November  2023  Registration             Register by calling 704-878-3236                  

            November 27th & 28th in Statesville

             November 29th & 30th in Mooresville

Please only register for one session. Each session will begin promptly at the listed time. Please plane to arrive on time for your registration session. 

Call   (704) 878-3236 for more information or click here to NEW sign up (opens in new window).

Adult High School Diploma- A partnership between Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Mitchell Community College. The Access Center offers a unique opportunity for individuals who are 16 years or age or older to earn an Adult High School diploma at no cost.   More information:  (opens in new window)

 HSE (High School Equivalency) Transcripts and Diploma Forms (opens in new window)

Orientation Information:
Call (704) 878-3236 for more information

Finish High School through the High School Equivalency Program and prepare for an occupational at the same time.  Mitchell Community College will pay for your occupation/career tuition for the following pathways.  

Students may enroll in one of these pathways and be on their way to a better career, higher wages and nationally recognized credentials that improve employability.

Accelerating Transitions Pathways

  • Bioprocess Technician
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Computer-Integrated Machining
  • Industrial Technology
  • Welding Technology



  • Tuition assistance
  • Quality instruction
  • Small class sizes
  • Counseling, advisement and mentoring
  • Study skills and life skills workshops
  • Learn job skills while completing high school equivalency diploma requirements


More information about pathways:

Nursing Assistant I
Train to provide personal care and basic nursing services for the elderly and other adults. The program includes 51 hours of classroom study, 101 hours of lab practice and 40 hours of clinical experience. Students are certified in American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.

Industrial Technology
Become cross-trained in manual machining, blueprint reading, introductory hydraulics and pneumatics, programmable logic controllers (PLC’s), basic wiring, welding, motors and controls, and basic schematic reading for wiring. 

Acquire basic welding skills. Learn to use tools to shape and cut metals, interpret blueprints, and understand weld tests and codes, all with an emphasis on safety. Gain experience in stick, MIG and TIG welding, and plasma cutting. Heavy emphasis is on practical hands-on applications. You must provide appropriate safety equipment. Information is provided during the first class.


Talk to us today about how Mitchell can help you reach your personal and career goals.


Sherry Clarke, Coordinator
(704) 878-3233

If you are a high school graduate or HSE (High School Equivalency) completer and plan to go to college, this course will help you prepare for placement tests in math and English. If you have already taken the placement tests and placed in one or more developmental courses, this class is for you.

Get Started

To learn more and begin the enrollment process, call Sherry Clarke at (704)878-3233 or email her at