High School Diploma (Or Equivalent)
High School Diploma, GED Certificate, High School Equivalency Degree (HSED), & Vocational School Certificates
It is very important to keep records of any degrees and certificates of completion and work-related licenses that have earned. Before you are released, you can write to the school or agency where you earned your degree or certificate to obtain a copy. Once you have a copy in your possession, this should be kept in your strong box.
If you earned your GED while incarcerated, please call the Education Department of the institution you were in to obtain a copy.
You can also request your GED transcript or diploma verification from the New Jersey Department of Education providing you completed your diploma in a traditional setting. You will have to fill out a GED Information Request Form.
Please call (609) 777-1050 for further assistance.
You may ask that it be sent to you; or you may pick up the form at a local testing center (which you can do after you are released); by downloading the form from the state website or by writing to:
Bureau of Adult Education and Family Literacy
New Jersey Department of Education
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625
Your chances of getting a job that pays a living wage and of moving forward in a career will improve with more education, and not having the high school diploma or GED will simply lock you out from a lot of opportunities.
The places in Mercer County below offer classes to help you prepare for the GED exam. Call for exact times and procedures. Many locations offer classes at low cost or no cost. For more information, contact the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Workforce Readiness & Literacy at (609) 943-5921. Call individual programs for information on classes offered, fees and/or time schedules.