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More Education Opportunities

There are many routes to success in your education and career. In addition to the opportunities for degrees and credentials offered by Oregon’s postsecondary institutions and workforce partners, you can chart your way forward by earning a GED®, pursuing jobs, volunteering, earning early college credit, and more. Explore these options below!

Earn a GED®

Earning a GED® test credential can help you improve your chances of finding work, increase your earnings, and/or pursue additional education through community colleges, universities, or training programs. The GED® program provides individuals with an opportunity to earn a GED® test credential.

Go to to start on a pathway to a GED®.

On the GED® site, you can create a test account, learn about study options, test pricing, and policies, schedule a test, learn about accommodations, and more. This is also the site to request test transcripts.

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) oversees the GED® test preparation, instruction, and testing process in Oregon. To learn more, visit Oregon's High School Equivalency Program. We work in partnership with the GED Testing Service (GEDTS), Oregon's 17 community colleges, and other state, community, county, and local partners to provide GED® test preparation and testing to Oregonians across the state. You can also learn more here about the Oregon GED Option Program for 16-17 Year Olds.

Earn College Credit while in High School

High school students across Oregon have the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. These credits are known in Oregon as “accelerated learning” programs. Students participating in accelerated learning can get a head start on a pathway to a college degree or certificate and prepare for postsecondary expectations. 

Learn more about accelerated learning on the Oregon Department of Education website.

The HECC approves policy related to accelerated learning in Oregon. Learn more about our policy work here. If you are taking an Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) program exam, you can find the policy on what scores are needed to gain credit at Oregon public colleges and universities here.

Explore OregonServes and AmeriCorps Opportunities

Learn and grow while giving back to your local community. Volunteer with local nonprofits to help make a difference in your community. Serve with AmeriCorps to gain valuable work experience, learn new skills, and network with professionals in your desired field. AmeriCorps members receive a monthly stipend, healthcare and childcare benefits, credits and certifications, and an end-of-service term award. The Segal Education Award, worth the value of a Pell Grant, can be used to pay back student loans, enroll in a certificate program, or obtain a degree.  

Learn more about OregonServes and AmeriCorps opportunities.

Pursue Distance Education Offered by Out-of-state Schools

You may find the flexibility of online or distance education works best to meet your goals. Many Oregon institutions are leaders in distance education. We encourage you to explore Oregon’s community colleges, public universities, and private degree-granting colleges and universities to learn more about distance program options. The HECC also authorizes out-of-state programs and institutions to offer distance education in Oregon. 

Learn more about authorized distance education programs.

Explore Adult Basic Skills Education  

Oregon’s Adult Basic Skills (ABS) programs provide adult Oregonians the skills they need they need to support their families, pursue their careers, participate in their communities, and/or further their education. The HECC works with community colleges and other ABS education providers across the state. 

Learn more about our statewide coordination of Adult Basic Skills education.

Oregon Youth: Gain Meaningful Job Experience  

Gain meaningful work experience and workforce training such as summer jobs, internships, pre-apprenticeships, and job shadows. Learn valuable skills, and in some cases obtain educational credit while earning a wage. Oregon Youth Works includes five workforce development grant programs that support paid work experiences for thousands of youth statewide. 

Learn more about the programs supported by Oregon Youth Works.

Stay Engaged

Stay connected with the State of Oregon’s work to support education opportunities for Oregonians! As a policy and funding coordinating agency, the HECC works with partners statewide on academic pathways in Oregon and more. Find out how to stay engaged here: Engage With Our Public Policy and Funding Work.