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Adult Education & Literacy

Hovland Learning Center at Southeast Tech

The Hovland Learning Center at Southeast Technical College offers Basic Skill Development, ESL and GED preparation courses for adult learners. Funded through the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, the Hovland Learning Center meets individual needs of students through independent learning labs and free, structured classes. The center is staffed with qualified, friendly teachers who are always willing to help.

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GED Preparation

Southeast Technical College offers General Education Development (GED) courses through the Hovland Learning Center. 

GED Preparation

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Students with first languages other than English can participate in ESL classes through the Hovland Learning Center.

ESL Information

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Indivduals that need to improve on basic skills in reading, language and math to get into college or get a job can utilize the Aspire2Tech program.

Aspire2Tech Information

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The Hovland Learning Center offers students a quiet space to study and learn. Explore this space virtually! 

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Student Expectations

Students utilizing resources at the Hovland Learning Center will undergo an initial assessment and are required to attend 6 hours each week. After 40-60 hours of instruction time, students will receive a post assessment.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals wishing to utilize services at the Hovland Learning Center must be:

  1. 16 years of age

    At least 16 years of age AND beyond the compulsory attendance age (18 years of age in South Dakota).

  2. Not Enrolled

    Not enrolled in any K-12 schools.

  3. Valid ID

    In possession of a valid Social Security card or comparable documentation.

Course Schedules

GED/ESL/Skill Development

Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday By Appointment Only

GED Preparation Information

GED courses prepare students for the General Education Development exam, which covers four areas of knowledge: social studies, math, science and language arts. Students must pass all four sections to earn their certification. The GED certification verifies that the student has attained high-school level academic skills.

Mathematical Reasoning

  • 115 minutes allowed
  • Basic math
  • Geometry
  • Basic algebra
  • Graphs and functions

Reasoning Through Language Arts

  • 150 minutes allowed with a 45 minute typed extended response
  • Reading for meaning
  • Identifying and creating arguments
  • Grammar and language

Social Studies

  • 70 minutes allowed
  • Reading for meaning in social studies
  • Analyzing historical events and arguments in social studies
  • Using numbers and graphs in social studies


  • 90 minutes allowed
  • Reading for meaning in science
  • Designing and interpreting science experiments
  • Using numbers and graphics in science

Students may go to to schedule an official test.

Get started! 

To enroll in the GED program please call (605) 367-7997 to set up an appointment.

ESL Information

The Hovland Learning Center offers teacher-led ESL classes covering several content areas, including:

  • Civics
  • Oral Communication
  • Reading
  • Grammar

Get Started!

ESL and basic skill development students must make an appointment for an individual orientation session. 

Call 605-367-7997

Hovland Hours

Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Friday: By Appointment
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


The Hovland Learning Center at Southeast Tech is located in the Mickelson Center, 2320 N. Career Ave.

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For more information or to set up an orientation appointment, contact the Hovland Learning Center.