No High School Diploma, No GED? No problem. You have options.

Adult Education Career Pathways

Not having a high school diploma or GED is not the end of the road if you want to advance your career through job training. Instead of having to go to a different location to take adult education classes, CET offers students the opportunity to co-enroll in the Adult Education Career Pathways (AECP) program while being enrolled in one of CET’s trade programs. By the time you finish the hands-on side of job training, you will be well on your way to preparing for the GED test. Learn more about the options available to you for co-enrollment in the AECP program and testing for the GED.


Yes, CET accepts students who haven’t earned a high school diploma or GED.

A: Eligibility requirements for federal financial aid such as Pell Grants or federal student loans state that students must have either a GED or high school diploma, or have been homeschooled at the secondary level as defined by state law. However, it may be possible to qualify for federal financial aid if a student meets all of the following:

• Passes the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test or completes 225 hours or 6 credit that count towards a certificate, AND
• Concurrently enrolls in the Adult Education Career Pathways program.

A: Independent test administrators administer the Ability to Benefit test. Ask the local admissions advisor what the testing schedule is – some CET’s test at the local center.

A: You can get your scores by contacting Wonderlic at (877) 605-9496. Or we may be able to access your scores. Speak with the local admissions advisor.

A: It is a required program for those who enroll at CET under the Ability to Benefit (ATB). The “Adult Education” part focuses on academic instruction and education services that increase a student’s ability to read, write, and speak in English and perform mathematics or other activities necessary for the attainment of a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent. The “Career Pathways” part means you are also enrolled in a program aligned with the education and skill needs of the regional economy and must have been developed and implemented in collaboration with partners in business, workforce development, and economic development.

A: The program is only available to CET students. Our class sizes tend to be smaller and our AECP instructors are just as dedicated to your educational attainment as our job training instructors.

A: Because you are enrolled as a CET student, there are no additional fees for the AECP program. However, there will be test fees should you take the GED tests. Learn more about the state rules and the price of taking the GED test.

A: The answer is both yes and no. It depends on the CET location. Some CET’s only allow for students to be co-enrolled in a CET sponsored AECP program and others partner with school districts. Ask the local center for the specifics on where classes must be taken.

A: No, there are specific testing sites. Visit the California Department of Education Local GED Test Centers by County to find a site near you.

A: No, the AECP program is not counted as part of your job training hours. The AECP program offers a minimum of 5 hours of AECP classes per week in addition to your training program. Some locations offer schedule AECP program classes at lunch or after training. Check with the admissions advisor for the local AECP program schedule.