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HS Diploma and GED Prep Student

Steps to enroll for High School Diploma and GED Prep Students

High School Diploma and GED Preparation students take Career and Academic Preparation (CAP) classes toward a high school diploma or for GED test preparation. CAP classes help students with foundational skills like reading, writing, math, technology, and English language.

Steps to Enroll

Complete a Transitional Studies Interest Form

Please complete this five-question interest form to get started with Transitional Studies at Clark College. Our team will respond directly to you and help you through the steps to begin with Transitional Studies.

Complete the Transitional Studies Interest Form

Apply for Admission

To apply at Clark College please follow the link, which will take you to the state-wide application. You will receive an email confirmation within 48 hours of applying that contains your ctcLink ID and your next enrollment steps.

Need help with your application? You can either reach out to the Transitional Studies team via email at tssupport@clark.edu, phone at 360-992-2741 or drop into their Virtual Support Zoom M-Th 9am-10:30am or Tuesday 4-5:30pm, meeting ID: 405 159 3969

Sign Release Form (16-18 year old students) 

Students between the ages of 16-18 without a high school diploma or GED need a signed release form from their home high school or school district office.

Select Program Option

High School+ Program
High School+ is a competency-based high school diploma program. Prior life, work, or school experience can count towards your diploma. Open Doors Program

Open Doors Program
Open Doors is a program for students who have either dropped out of high school or are not expected to graduate high school by the age of 21. GED Prep

GED Prep
The GED is a four-part test that demonstrates that you have the same level of knowledge as a high school graduate and is an alternative to adult high school diploma programs. Clark College’s CAP classes will help prepare you to take the tests.

Submit transcripts, prior credits and tests (High School+ Program)

We accept high school credits you have previously earned, GED tests you have passed, and work experience toward your High School+ diploma. We will get started by evaluating your transcripts and documents to determine credits you have satisfied and credits you need to earn.

Please email transcripts to tssupport@clark.edu. We are happy to accept unofficial transcripts to get you started and will work with you to get official transcripts before your High School+ diploma is awarded.

Meet with an Advisor and select classes

Set an appointment with our friendly Transitional Students Office at tssupport@clark.edu or call 360-992-2741.

Please remember to leave your name and contact information in the message or email and we will respond and set an appointment time that works for your schedule. At this session our staff can help you activate your online student accounts.

Become familiar with student support services

Transitional Studies students receive the same wrap-around holistic services and resources that other Clark College students do—including access to technology assistance (loaner laptops and free hot spots), career counseling, mental health care, diverse student clubs, and helpful workshops on how to overcome obstacles to learning.

Transitional Studies Tutoring Center offers:

  • Individual, group, and in-class tutoring
  • English conversation and pronunciation
  • Practice groups
  • Computers
  • A learning resource library

For more information on High School completion options, contact the Transitional Studies Office at 360-992-2741.


Not a High School Diploma and GED Preparation student?

If you are not a High School Diploma and GED Preparation student, you may have different steps you need to follow. Review our options to determine what type of student you are and get the correct steps for you!

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Connect with our services through Zoom in our virtual support center. Here you will view a list of Clark College services and departments that have team members available during virtual office hours. Zoom can be used on a computer, tablet, or smartphone or you can call in.

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