Adult Basic and Secondary Education Department

Contact Information

Sandi LaRocque, Adult Education Director


South Campus

The Adult Education program at Turtle Mountain Community College began in 1976. The need for the service came about because of the large number of adults who had experienced problems in school and had dropped out. While the dropout rate has improved, the population has increased so that the number of adults needing the services from this program remains constant.

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Adult Education Unit, promotes and supports free programs that help individuals over the age of 16 obtain basic academic and education skill to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. Adult Education classes provide a second opportunity for adult learners committed to improving their academic and career skills.

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction receives funds under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act, or WIOA-Title II and State funds (NDCC 15.1-26) to support the operations and free programs of the Adult Learning Centers who serve individuals who: are at least 16 years of age; are not enrolled in high school, do not have a high school diploma, or mandated by State Law; may lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills; and/or cannot speak, read, or write the language.

Services available in Adult Learning Centers include: reading/writing, science, social studies, math, literacy skills, workplace and career planning and readiness, and GED preparation and testing.

Acquiring a GED may take as short as a few weeks or as long as several months.; variable include time away from school, availability for classes/studying, attendance, and motivations.

Issuance of the ND GED diploma require the successful completion of the following two examinations.

North Dakota Century Code (15.1-21-26) and HB 1087 passed during the 2015 legislative session, which requires all students pursuing a GED to successfully take and pass the Civics examination. If you took and passed the Civics exam while in high school before leaving, please alert the adult learning center or GED testing staff so they can verify that you do not need to take it again.

The North Dakota GED High School Diploma is based upon the successful completion of four exams: Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math. Persons who pass the GED test receive the North Dakota GED High School Diploma from the Department of Public Instruction and intended only for those persons who withdrew from their regular high school program.

To request a copy of GED transcript, go to: