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TECC HSE Graduation 2017

Congratulations Class of 2017!

We would like to congratulate our students for their hard work and commitment during this year. We honored them during the UNM-TAOS Commencement Ceremony on May 11th, 2017 at 6:00 PM. The event took place at the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center in Taos, New Mexico. This year, for the first time the High School Equivalency students had their our graduation. TECC had 52 graduates this year!

We would like to acknowledge the teachers, staff and administrative team at UNM-Taos that worked hard to make this event unforgettable and special for everybody. In addition, we would like to congratulate our incredible team for supporting and encouraging our students to reach their goals.

Dear students we wish you the best in all your future endeavors!



Students share their learning experiences

Students at the Taos Education and Career Center (TECC) have a lot to share about their learning experiences. And they got to do just that in their Reading and Writing for Career Pathways class, when they wrote letters to the editor as an assignment.

The Taos News published the first batch of letters in the Nov. 17 edition. Now they are available online. Here is the link: Letters in The Taos News

Another batch will be published in the Nov. 23 edition. Thanks to The Taos News for its support.

We will also be sending other letters to

As you can read, the students in this class — Nina Gonzales and I co-teach — have had varied experiences. But they feel they have found a rewarding and safe environment at TECC where they can achieve their High School Equivalency and prepare for college or tech school, if that’s their chosen path.

Perhaps you know someone who could benefit from attending TECC. Perhaps you want to get involved in its expanded mission.

TECC will celebrate its new name (it used to be call the Adult Learning Center) at a ribbon cutting and reception Thursday, Dec. 1, 5 to 8 p.m., across the street at the Town of Taos Civic Center, 120 Civic Plaza Drive. There will be music, food, and a chance to meet the staff and students.

—Joan Livingston

What’s it like to get your HSE?

In 2014, the GED® underwent the most dramatic changes since it’s inception. First, we no longer call it the “GED”. The new name is the High School Equivalency (HSE). Students can now take one of two tests to obtain their HSE credentials. The GED® (now owned by Pearson) or the HiSET (offered by the non-profit Educational Testing Services).

Second, the test is now 3-4 times as difficult as it once was and gone are the days of obtaining your HSE credentials in a matter of weeks. Generally, students now stay with us for a minimum of a year, although it varies widely, depending on the individual. Once a student comes in and does an initial assessment with us, we can get a better sense of how long they will need to prepare.

The positive side of this change is that the respect given by colleges, businesses, and the community at large to the HSE has greatly increased. The difficulty of the test is designed to insure that, once you pass, you are college ready. Our nation is now recognizing that passing this test is no small feat and is a meaningful credential!

Students generally find the Math section to be the most difficult, as you now have to be able to perform quadratic equations and other basic algebraic functions. Others breeze through Math but find the other subjects-Language Arts (reading and writing), Social Studies, and Science more challenging. Every mind is different.


Luckily, ALC is one of the top performing programs in the state! We have professional, friendly, and highly skilled teachers. Our small class sizes allow for individualized attention. Preparation for the exams is an integral part of our academic courses, and is offered in both Spanish and English. In addition, our evening ESL Civics Engagement course bolsters English skills while simultaneously assisting immigrants with career and college preparation. A Distance Education platform is available for those in treatment centers or who are otherwise unable to attend classes. We provide 1:1 tutoring, achievement coaching, and individualized learning plans for all of our students.