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Transitional Education

Transitional Education classes help you to earn a high school diploma or GED, prepare for college and job training, and learn English as a Second Language. The Transitional Education department is located in the Phoenix Center in the Kirk Library.


Cost for these programs is $25 per quarter (waivers are available). Students enrolled in basic skills improvement classes can take other college classes at the same time. Call 360-623-8957 or visit the Testing Center in the Kirk Library for help.


Join us for Orientation

All Adult Basic Education (ABE) students need to attend an orientation. Orientations are held regularly in the Kirk Library. ABE orientation and registration appointments can also be made at Centralia College East in Morton by calling 360-623-8925 or 360-496-5022.


All new English Language Learners need to attend an orientation. The last orientations for spring quarter are from 6 to 8:50 p.m. Tuesdays and from noon to 2:50 p.m. Wednesdays. Orientation for winter quarter will be held from 6 to 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. For more information, call the Testing Center at 360-623-8920.


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 Kirk Library.


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 (HS21+)

To earn a high school diploma (HS21+) at Centralia College, students must:
  • Be 21 at the time of completion
  • Bring a high school transcript and photo ID
  • Attend an orientation (held at noon weekdays in the Kirk Library)

All students take reading, writing, and math classes. They also attend a study skills lab, where they finish the classes that are not on their transcripts. The quarterly tuition is $25 (waivers are available). Classes are offered mornings, afternoons, or evenings.


GED 2014

The GED 2014 program is open to students age 16 and older. (Any student younger than 19 must also provide a high school release form.) Orientation is held at noon weekdays in the Kirk Library.


All GED students take reading, writing, and math classes. They also attend a study skills lab, where they study social studies and science. GED classes are $25 per quarter (waivers are available). Classes are offered mornings, afternoons, or evenings.


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.


Work Skills Development

Students with a high school diploma or GED can take work skills development classes to prepare for job training or for entering the job market. Orientations are held at noon weekdays in the Kirk Library. Classes are held in the mornings. Cost is $25 per quarter (waivers are available).


Basic Skills Improvement

Students with a high school diploma or GED can brush up on their reading, writing, and math. Classes are held from 5-8:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Cost is $25 per quarter (waivers are available). Students enrolled in basic skills improvement classes can take other college classes at the same time. Call 360-623-8920 or visit the Testing Center in the Kirk Library for help.


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).