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WCC offers online, low-cost option for adults needing their high school diploma

Post Date:10/18/2019 10:35 am

Bellingham, Wash. – Whatcom Community College offers a new, fully online program for adults who didn’t graduate from high school but want to earn a diploma. While the GED prep continues to exist, the High School Completion+ program (HSC+) offers an alternative to students 18 and older. This competency-based pathway differs from traditional high school completion programs because it allows students to receive credit toward their diplomas by demonstrating knowledge, skills, and competencies gained outside of the classroom. These range from employment, military experience, volunteering, on-the-job training, non-credit courses, and additional proficiencies gained through life experiences.

Whatcom County has just over 13,000 adults without a high school diploma. HSC+ offers an accredited, online option that meets the needs of students who are not able to attend classes due to employment, childcare, and/or transportation issues. Tuition is only $25 per quarter. Textbooks and other learning materials are all open resource materials and available free online. To learn more or enroll in classes, call 360.383.3060 or visit

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA is regularly recognized as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute. The College, a destination for cybersecurity, healthcare and business studies, offers a four-year bachelor of applied science degree, transfer degrees, career preparation, online courses and community education classes. WCC’s accomplished faculty and staff serve 11,000 students annually. For more information, visit

Contact: The Office of Transitional Learning, 360.383.3060,

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