Adult Education

ABE Graduates

The Adult Education (AE) Program provides foundational skills in math, reading, and writing to help students acquire the skills needed to earn a High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma, go to college, and/or join the military. Students must be at least 16 years of age and not currently enrolled in school. Students under the age of 18 must provide necessary documentation. Additionally, the AE program manages HSE Testing. When an examinee successfully passes an HSE test (GED or HiSet), MCC gives them one free academic or Workforce class. Please refer to the HSE Registration tab for more information about HSE Testing.

Basic reading, math, and writing refresher skills are offered to individuals that already have a high school diploma but are deficient in at least one of these areas.

All instructional services are FREE OF CHARGE. The program is located at the Ralph E. Young Jr. Center for Adult Basic Education.

Individuals may register for AE/HSE classes by contacting the AE office for dates and times.   Registration includes an orientation session and assessment test.  The orientation session informs the student about the program and the campus, while the assessment test determines educational level, strengths, and weaknesses.  Upon completion of the assessment test, students are assigned to the Smart Start class as well as other classes.

The Smart Start class prepares students for middle-skill level employment. Students will develop job skills needed for their careers, learn and practice good work habits, and effective communication necessary for successful employment. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a Smart Start Credential which includes a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). The NCRC demonstrates to employers that a student has the skills needed to be prosperous in a job.

HSE Prep classes provide students the necessary instruction to take the high school equivalency test (GED or HiSET).  There is a cost for taking the GED or HiSET test; however, if a student makes the required score on the official practice test, AE has funding available to help with the cost of the test.  

For non- and beginner readers, AE has Literacy classes.  We provide small group learning environments with students on the same educational skill level.  An assessment is given to determine the appropriate plan of instruction. 

All instructional services are FREE OF CHARGE.  The program is located at the Ralph E. Young Jr. Center for Adult Basic Education.

Contact us at 601.484.8796


Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MIBEST)

MCC's Adult Education division manages the MIBEST Program through the MS Community College Board with funding from the MS Department of Human Services.  


HSE Registration

HSE Transcript/Diploma Request outbound link