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Transitional Education

The Transitional Education department is located in the Odegaard Phoenix Center, which is downstairs in the Transitional Services Building (corner of Rock Street and Centralia College Boulevard).


Be College and Career Ready

Transitional Education classes help you earn a high school diploma or GED, prepare for college and job training, and learn English as a Second Language. College and Career Ready classes are offered in the morning and evening and at various locations throughout Lewis County. Students enrolled in College and Career Ready classes can take other college classes at the same time.


The cost for College and Career Ready programs is $25 per quarter (waivers are available). Most programs are open to students age 16 years and older. Any student younger than 19 must provide a high school release form.


Join us for Classes

All College and Career Ready students must:
  • Apply for admission.
    Apply as a new student if you've never attended Centralia College before.
    Apply as a returning student if you've attended Centralia College before.

  • Take the CASAS test.
    The Testing Center is located in the Kirk Library. Students younger than 19 must provide a high school release form. Current photo identification is required.

  • Take the free, online Start Next Quarter survey to see if you pre-qualify for college funding.

  • Complete the Washington Career Bridge Career Quiz; create an account to save to your dashboard or print your results for advising and Smart Start.

  • Meet with an advisor to register for classes.
    Walk-in appointments are available 1-2:30 pm Monday-Thursday in the Odegaard Phoenix Center (downstairs in the Transitional Services Building).
    English Language Learners can call 360-623-8957 for an advising appointment. Alumnos del idioma inglés puede llamar al 360-623-8957, para una cita de asesoramiento.

  • Enroll in and complete Smart Start – a seminar for new students on college expectations, communications, resources, and technological skills for college.

English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Students learn to listen, speak, read, and write English, Students are able to thrive in the community and at work. Students also prepare for academic and WorkForce classes. Students learn basic computer skills.


The ELA program is open to students age 16 and older. (Any student younger than 19 must also provide a high school release form.) Orientations are held from 6-8:50 p.m. Tuesdays and from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays in the Odegaard Phoenix Center.


Classes are held in the morning and in the evening. Classes with child care are held at the ROOF Community Center from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m.Tuesday through Thursday. Evening classes are available at Miller Elementary School in Winlock from 5 to 7:20 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.


Adult High School Diploma (High School 21+ or HS21+)

High School 21+ (HS 21+) is a competency-based high school diploma program for adult learners aged 21 and older who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency. Adults earn credits by demonstrating competencies in reading, writing and math contextualized in science, history, government, occupational studies, and digital literacy. Additional credits may be awarded through alternative means such as work, life, or military experiences, credit for testing, and prior learning portfolios.

To earn a high school diploma (HS21+) at Centralia College, students must:
  • Be 21 at the time of completion
  • Submit an official high school transcript to the college prior to advising

GED 2014

GED 2014 classes focus on GED topics to help students prepare for the Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning Through Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science tests.


GED en español

El programa de ELA ofrece una clase semanal los martes a la noche para ayudar a las personas que desean rendir los examenes del GED en español. Los alumnos que participan en esta clase también deben asistir a la orientación de ELA y cumplir con el requisito estatal de presentar evaluaciones de lectura y matemática periódicamente. Se espera que los alumnos compran los textos necesarios para el curso.


College Preparation

Students with a high school diploma or GED can brush up on their reading, writing, and math. Students enrolled in college preparation classes can take other college classes at the same time.


Career Preparation

Students with a high school diploma or GED can take career preparation classes to prepare for job training or for entering the job market.


English Language Acquisition (ELA)

Students learn to listen, speak, read, and write English, Students are able to thrive in the community and at work. Students also prepare for academic and WorkForce classes. Students learn basic computer skills.

Orientations are held from 5-7:50 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays in the Odegaard Phoenix Center.

  • Classes are held in the morning and in the evening at Centralia College.
  • Classes with childcare are held at the ROOF Community Center in Rochester from 12:30-2:20 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Classes are also available Tuesdays through Fridays at the Vernetta Smith Chehalis Timberland Library.

Reading for Civics

Reading for Civics is a citizenship preparation class. Students learn to complete the N-400 (Citizenship) application, and prepare for the naturalization interview with USCIS. Students gain confidence and learn how to do well in the interview. They also practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English. Students may register any time during the quarter by attending an ELA orientation (see information above).