This page contains an overview of all GED® prep facilities and testing centers in the Concord region.
California uses various options for High School Equivalency (HSE) testing, the HISET, TASC, and GED.
The CA HSE test gives people who never graduated from high school one more shot at securing an equivalent degree.
All three HSE tests assess knowledge at a level similar to what may be expected of graduating high school students.
The TASC and HiSET exams are offered in both a paper and computer-based version while the GED is entirely computerized.
The GED test contains four separate subject tests, or modules, in these subject fields: literacy, math, science, and social studies.
The GED is modular meaning that you have the freedom to sit for each subtest separately yet within a 2-year period.
HiSET and TASC include five tests (separate writing and reading tests) that are not available separately.
Concord HSE prep sites
Mount Diablo Adult Education (Loma Vista Adult Center)
1266 San Carlos Avenue | Concord | CA 94518 | Phone: 925.685.7340 (ext. 272)
Concord Career Center
4071 Port Chicago Highway | Ste 250 | Concord | CA 94520 | Phone: 925.671.4500
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Locations around Concord (cities in alphabetic order)
Benicia Adult Education
350 East K Street | Benicia | CA 94510 | Phone: 707.745.1882
150 East L Street | Benicia | CA 94510 | Phone: 707.746.4341
Marsh Creek Detention Center
12000 Marsh Creek Rd | Clayton | CA 94517 | Phone: 925.646.5717
Not publicly available
Martinez Adult Basic Education
600 F St | Martinez | CA 94553 | Phone: 925.228.3267
Martinez Detention Center
1000 Ward St | Martinez | CA 94553 | Phone: 925.335.4669
This program has no availability to the public
Pittsburg Adult Basic Education
1151 Stoneman Ave | Pittsburg | CA 94565 | Phone: 925.473.4460
Project Second Chance (Contra Costa Library)
1750 Oak Park Blvd | Pleasant Hill | CA 94523 | Phone: 925.927.3250
Pleasant Hill Education Center
1 Santa Barbara Rd | Pleasant Hill | CA 94523 | Phone: 925.937.1530
Vallejo Regional Education
436 Del Sur St | Vallejo | CA 94591 | Phone: 707.556.8850
See all Vallejo prep sites here
Acalanes Adult Basic Education
1963 Tice Valley Blvd | Walnut Creek | CA 94595 | Phone: 925.280.3980 (ext. 8001)
You can find all Walnut Creek options here
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Concord area testing sites
Mount Diablo HSE testing
1266 San Carlos Ave | Concord | CA 94518 | Phone: 925.685.7340
Contra Costa County Office Of Education
1000 Ward St | Martinez | CA 94553 | Phone: 925.646.4669
Martinez HSE testing
600 F St | Martinez | CA 94553 | Phone: 925.228.3587
Pittsburg Adult Education Center
1151 Stoneman Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565, Phone: 925-473-4460
Acalanes Adult Ed. HSE testing
1963 Tice Valley Blvd | Walnut Creek | CA 94595 | Phone: 925.280.3980
Lowered GED passing score
News on the recently (early 2016) reduced GED passing score (brought down five points to 145) is found on this GED News page. The HiSET and TASC have different scoring methods. All three options (GED, TASC, and HiSET) must be done at certified testing centers, online testing is just NOT available. You may also benefit from free practice tests toward your GED exam.
The GED exam
A few years ago, the GED was completely changed. Restructuring the GED exam was needed to make sure the test stayed (or got back) in line with college requirements and to harmonize optimally again with industry practices. To see if you qualify check out the page GED CA testing criteria.
The GED testing program is entirely computer-based and is better geared toward the skills and knowledge required by employers. The GED exam guarantees that applicants are better prepared to function properly in the modern-day job market and that graduates have no trouble following university courses.
The GED exam represents what employers expect of secondary education degree holders, and GED graduates are now better prepared for the requirements of modern-day industries. GED graduates will have, thanks to the updates to the exam, less difficulty with getting accustomed to academic programs at university or college.
Career Perspective – Tree Trimmer
To become a Tree Trimmer-Pruners you have an extensive working knowledge of tree trimming equipment and machinery including tree canopies, rigging units, and clippers.
A Tree Trimmer or Pruner will normally receive average salaries in a range of 25,000 – 38,000 depending on education and experience. Tree Trimmers and Pruners working for government agencies usually receive benefits such as health and life insurance, vacation, sick leave, holidays, and retirement plans.
Tree Trimmer-Pruners Salary
- Average Yearly Salary: $35,150
- Expected Lifetime Earnings: $1,501,000
Tree Trimmer-Pruners – Education
Usually, tree trimmers and pruners will need to hold a high school or GED test diploma to be able to be employed in this field, but beyond that, they don’t require any specific education. Generally, they enter this job in an entry-level position while most of their professional training happens on the job.
People interested in this profession may benefit greatly from taking biological science or landscaping courses. These professionals will receive on-the-job training that includes equipment operation, safety procedures, training in chemicals, maintenance procedures, and tree-specific treatments.
Tree Trimmer-Pruners – The Job
Tree trimmers and pruners typically are working to trim away dead and excess branches shrubs and trees to make sure roads and public walkways are kept in accordance with appearance and safety standards. These professionals usually possess a great knowledge of how trimming machinery and equipment work and are experienced in dealing with clippers, rigging units, and tree canopies. They typically are used to work for longer periods in high positions in truck mounts to be able to reach long tree branches. This professional direction is great for those who like working outdoors.
Tree trimmers and pruners also are required to keep their equipment in good shape and ensure that their tools are in fine working order and that they meet all possible safety standards and requirements. These professionals are required to understand how to operate their trucks, brush chippers, power saws, and sprayers.
According to the BLS (the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) have tree trimmers and pruners, as well as others working in the landscaping industry, a pretty high rate of work-related injuries and sicknesses. Tree trimmers often work in hydraulic lifts or close to power lines, and they frequently are exposed to pesticides and other chemicals.
On top of that, tree trimmers and pruners are frequently working with dangerous equipment, for example, hand saws, power tools, and chainsaws, and the job comes with strenuous physical activities that may lead to profession-related injury. Herein lies the reason that employers usually incorporate extensive safety instruction and training, and generally are looking for physically capable applicants.
Job outlook and earnings potential
The employment outlook for tree trimmers and pruners (just like all grounds workers) is expected to increase considerably during the next decade. The BLS indicates that this professional field will see an employment increase of some 24 percent in that period of time, and this is more than the national average of all occupations. Tree trimming, pruning, and other landscaping professions will enjoy a pretty high demand for their services as aging universities and major corporations are expected to invest more and more money into their landscaping activities.
In 2016, the average hourly wage of these professionals was around $18.20, and they had a median annual income of some $35,150. Their earning are depending on education and experience, while regional circumstances and demand play an important role as well. The best earners in this professional sector made reported annual earnings of more than $40,000, whereas the lowest reported salaries were even under $20,000. The best-paying industrial sectors for tree trimmers, pruners, and other landscaping professionals were universities, electric power companies, local and federal governments, and specialty contractors.