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Adult Basic Education

GED, High School and Technical Development Resources

EPPL now offers a robust list of educational and career development options for adults.  


GED Testing

The El Paso Public Library now has 7 GED testing centers throughout the system.  Now, anyone needing to take the GED test will be able to do so on weekends and evenings during normal library hours.  The library testing centers won’t charge additional fees to provide the testing facility however the GED testing service does charge for each section of the test (4 parts). The testing centers are located at the Armijo, Main, Westside, Judge Marquez, Sergio Troncoso and Esperanza Acosta Moreno Branches. To find out more details on how to take the test or to schedule an exam visit Pearson Vue.  


GED Prep

EPPL also offers GED prep classes at all branches for free.  To find out more about the GED prep classes click on the classes link below or call the literacy center at (915) 212-3245. 


Career Online High School

The City of El Paso and the El Paso Public Library are making it easier for adults over the age of 19 to obtain a high school diploma. Through funding from the City, adult learners, who are looking to advance their careers, prepare for workforce entry or continue their education, may be able to qualify for one of a limited number of scholarships to Career Online High School (COHS).

Career Online High School is not a GED course. It is an actual high school curriculum offered online through Gale/Cengage, leaders in online learning. The program is fully accredited by AdvancED which provides nationally recognized accreditation for school districts and individual schools and represents 32,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 70 countries worldwide, educating 20 million students. This means that the Smart Horizons Career Online Education district and all of its schools are accredited, and that Smart Horizons Career Online Education is recognized across the nation as a quality school system, delivering an AdvancED/SACS/NCA/NWAC accredited online high school diploma.

To enroll, a student must be 19 years of age or older, have an El Paso Public Library card, be able to devote at least 8 hours per week to course work and have access to a computer and Internet either at home or at a public library facility. Applicants must successfully complete an online self-assessment and a 2 week prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview with trained library staff before they can be considered for a free scholarship. There is no maximum age limit.

Once enrolled, COHS pairs each student with an academic coach, who provides the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance and connects the student with the resources needed to master the courses. Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program. The learning module can be accessed HERE.

For more information on how to enroll students can call (915) 212-0363 or email learn@elpasotexas.gov. 


Continuing Education Classes

EPPL also offers additional learning opportunities for adult learners.  Click on the image below to see a complete list.