Whatcom Community College now offers a low cost option for adults 21 and older to earn an official high school diploma. This is not the GED! Students must complete the minimum number of credits required by the state for a high school diploma. High School 21+ is tailored to the adult learner and gives them a second chance to complete the credits they still need for graduation. 

High School 21+ also prepares students to transition into further training and education for career advancement. 

High School Completion brochure


Tuition & fees

  • $25 per quarter for credits earned through Adult Basic Education classes.
  • Students who choose to take college level classes as part of their high school diploma will pay standard tuition and fees. Financial assistance may be available - ask your advisor.


Class schedules

We offer both day and evening classes. We even offer some of our high school classes online! Even those with busy schedules should be able to find classes to fit their needs.


How do I get started?

To explore the option of High School 21+, you can schedule an introductory appointment with an advisor by contacting the office of Transitional Learning Programs in Cascade Hall 167, or at (360) 383-3060 or email tmartinez@whatcom.ctc.edu 

To apply, you will first need to obtain an official, sealed transcript from all high schools you attended. An advisor will evaluate your transcript(s) and determine if you are eligible for the high school completion program. If you are eligible, you will work with your advisor to develop a plan to complete your remaining high school credits. Credits earned in previous high school classes and/or college may satisfy part of the state requirements. 


High School 21+ diploma requirements

In order to earn a high school diploma from Whatcom Community College, students must earn the minimum credits required by the state of Washington and demonstrate competency in reading, writing and math in the context of science, history, government, and occupational studies. 

 Subject  Credits
 English  3
 Math  2
 WA State History  .5 
 US History/Government   1 
 Contemporary World   1 
 Science   1 
 Lab Science  1
 Occupational Education  1
 Health  1
 Physical Education   1 
 Art  1
 General Electives  5
 Restricted Elective* .5 
 TOTAL   19

*Successfully complete at least one college level course

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all CASAS pre- and post testing
  • Achieve minimum scores on the college math and English entrance assessments
  • At least 21 years of age


Beyond High School

By 2019, two-thirds of all new jobs in Washington State will require at least one year of college. The high school completion program also prepares students to transition into further training and education for career advancement. Graduates will meet the high school completion requirement for federal financial aid (FAFSA). 

The program brings rewards far beyond the benefit to individual students. Through Washington's performance-based funding system known as the "Student Achievement Initiative", WCC receives extra points for adult learners who achieve educational milestones, including earning a high school diploma and transitioning to college level studies. Points translate into dollars, which is good for the college and the community.