Dncu Scholarship Essays

This post lets you discover all GED® class locations and test centers in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, region.

The state is using the computer-formatted GED® test for measuring the high school equivalent level of knowledge of its residents and also introduced the alternative HiSET testing program.  At the listed sites, you have the chance to get properly prepared to take the GED or the HiSET exam confidently. Go to GED in New Mexico for qualification details.


The GED (General Education Development) and HiSET programs are developed to offer adults who don’t have a high school diploma one more opportunity to acquire a diploma that is nationwide accepted just like a high school diploma. For details on the downwards-adjusted GED pass score (it went from 150 to 145 points in January 2016) please visit this news-related page.

Four GED tests

The GED comes with four independent tests (modules) that can be taken separately within a two-year period of time. The four testing fields are Mathematics, Literacy, Social Studies, and Science. The HiSET is not modular and contains five subtests. The literacy section includes a writing and a reading test. Here’s also a link to all U.S. GED prep facilities.

GED Requirements in New Mexico

Santa Fe GED prep facilities

Santa Fe Community College – Adult Education *)
6401 S Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508, Phone: 505-428-1356/1433
SFCC offers prep classes to help students prepare for both state-approved tests, the GED and HiSET. Classes are offered at various times in the evenings, afternoons, and mornings, and also on Saturdays. Classes are in English and Spanish.

Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe
6401 S Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508, Phone: 505-428-1353

New Mexico Coalition for Literacy
3209 Mercantile Court, Suite B, Santa Fe, NM 87507, Phone: 505-982-3997

Babel Education – Santa Fe (NOT a GED-HiSET Program)
3216-A Richards Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87507, Phone: 505-204-4361 (NO GED/HiSET classes)
Non-profit organization Babel helps individuals and organizations that are working towards becoming multi-lingual/cultural by providing various programs on language (both learning and teaching). Babel provides language learning courses, and professional development programs for teachers. The agency also organizes seminars to stimulate bilingualism in general. Available are also classes in ESL (English as a Second Language), Spanish, Citizenship, as well as Literacy-based classes and teacher training. Babel does not offer GED classes but can be a great help for non-native English speakers.

Santa Fe Youthworks 
420 La Madera Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501, Phone: 505-989-1855

SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc.
2516 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505, Phone: 505-473-0428

Catholic Charities
4985 Airport Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, Phone: 505-424-9789

For information about Del Norte Credit Union 2017 Scholarship Program see **)

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GED Requirements in New Mexico

Locations around Santa Fe (cities by alphabet)

Central NM Community Coll. Adult Education
525 Buena Vista Drive SE – Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106, 505 . 224 . 3939
For all Albuquerque are locations go to Albuquerque GED Classes

Alcalde GED – Delancey Street
Swan Lake Ranch, Alcalde, NM 87566, Phone: 505-852-4291

Clayton Public Library (Mesalands Community College)
17 Chestnut Street, Clayton, NM 88415, Phone: 575-461-4413

Cochiti Community Library – Education Department
255 Cochiti Street, Cochiti Pueblo, NM 87072, Phone: 505-465-3115

Northern New Mexico College (HEP – High School Equivalency Program)
921 N Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532, Phone: 505-747-2195
Northern New Mexico College offers free ESL and GED-HiSET classes in the main Montoya Building (Room AD 115). The school accepts just 80 GED students annually and travel, meal, and scholarship stipends are available to qualifying students.

Inside Out Recovery Center HSE Program
919 Riverside Drive, Ste B1, Española, NM 87532, Phone: 505-367-3500

Education Services Center (UNM-LA)
5117 Highway 4, Jemez Pueblo, NM 87024, Phone: 505-662-0338

Santo Domingo Community Library GED Program  
1 Tesuque Street – Kewa Pueblo – NM 87052 – Phone: 505-465-2214 x 2211

Luna Community College
366 Luna Drive, Las Vegas, NM 87701, Phone: 800-588-7232
The school offers GED preparation at sites in Las Vegas, Mora, Springer, and Santa Rosa

Home Education Livelihood Program
1212 National Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701, Phone: 505-425-9307 x 3005

The Literacy Council of NE New Mexico
1031 11th Street, Room 117, Las Vegas, NM 87701, Phone: 505-454-9944

Los Alamos Adult Learning Center (UNM)
4000 University Dr, Los Alamos, NM 87544, Phone: 505-662-0338

David Cargo Public Library (Luna Community College)
Highway 518, Mora, NM 87732, Phone: 575-387-6760

Ohkay Owingeh Adult Basic Education
352 Po’pay Avenue, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, NM 87566, Phone: 505-747-2195

Pojoaque Valley Adult Basic Education (NNMC)
39 Camino del Rincon, Pojoaque, NM 87506, Phone: 505-747-2195

Mesa View Alternative School (LCC)
1535 Tiger Circle, Raton, NM 87740, Phone: 575-483-5009

Luna Community Colege – Santa Rosa Campus
213 S 4th Street – Santa Rosa – New Mexico 88435 – Phone: 575 . 472 . 1400

Luna Community College – Springer Satellite
516 Maxwell Avenue, Springer, NM 87747, Phone: 575-483-5009

The Literacy Center at UNM | Taos
115 Civic Plaza Drive, Taos, NM 87571, Phone: 575-737-3730
UNM-Taos offers an ABE (Adult Basic Education) program which includes GED (General Education Development) prep classes in English and Spanish, as well as ESL (English as a Second Language) for students aged 16 and older. If you did not finish high school and want to earn your GED diploma to get a better job or want to be ready for college, the GED program is your ticket.

Bridges Project for Education
112 Alexander Street Taos, NM 87571, Phone: 575-758-5074

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
1203 King Drive, Suite 3, Taos, NM 87571, Phone: 575-751-1420

Inside Out Recovery Center – HSE Program Taos
108 Kit Carson, Unit C, Taos, NM 87571, Phone: 505-367-3500

Chama Valley Adult Basic Education (NNMC)
1 Main Street, State Road 162, Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575. Phone: 575-756-4761

Rio Arriba County Detention Center (NNMC)
2 Main Street, Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575, Phone: 505-747-2195

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GED Requirements in New Mexico

Santa Fe area GED-HiSET testing centers

Santa Fe Community College
6401 S Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508, Phone: 505-428-1910

1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557, Phone: 575-737-3694

GED Requirements in New Mexico

Visit also: Gallup area GED Programs

Personal appearance is required

The HiSET exam is cheaper than the GED, is available on paper as well, and is more accessible than the GED exam. The GED can only be taken on a computer. Testing centers decide which alternative they use, so please contact a testing site near you. You need to come to a state-certified testing site to take the tests in person. There is NO testing over the internet.

The GED-HiSET exam – who is it for?

Persons who have never obtained a high school diploma (or its equivalent) have a very affordable opportunity to get a secondary education credential, the GED or HiSET track. When you are awarded the GED/HiSET diploma or credential, you have much better options to get a stable job that pays well. Your chances for a career boost will improve and the GED/HiSET diploma lets you attend college and university programs.

The certificate or diploma that you will be awarded upon successful completion the new computer-based New Mexico GED or the HiSET exam is nationwide accepted as being equivalent to a normal high school diploma by practically every employer and college/university. The GED (or HiSET) exam assesses knowledge and skills at a level that high school students must command when they graduate.

The GED exam comes with four tests on the fields of Math, Literacy, Science, and Social Studies whereas the HiSET includes five tests (two literacy tests, one on writing, one on reading). The GED tests can be taken individually within a time frame of two years, the HiSET tests cannot be taken separately. Be aware that there is NO online GED or HiSET exam. Internet sites trying to sell you this option are fraudulent. GED-HiSET test site locations are listed below.

Your future

The U.S. Department of Labor has calculated that a high school graduate or a GED-HiSET diploma holder will see a yearly salary increase of more than $8,000 compared to workers that don’t have a secondary education credential (HS or GED/HiSET diploma). The GED-HiSET diploma will certainly not deal with all problems you face in life, but it surely is a great step in the good direction towards a better job, a better income, and a better future. To get well-prepared you can use out free video instruction. Highly efficient, no cost.

What is the GED-HiSET exam?

The new GED program is more than just an assessment system. It is continuing to provide the chance to acquire a high school comparable credential but goes much further now, by measuring applicants’ college- and career-readiness skills and knowledge that are required to be able to attend contemporary college and university programs and to be able to function properly in tomorrow’s companies.

The four GED tests

The new GED exam has now four tests: Reasoning through Language Arts (this section is 155 minutes and has a 10 minute break, and includes a 45 minute extended response item), Mathematical Reasoning (this section is 120 minutes, and has a hand calculator-prohibited and on-screen calculator-allowed section), Science (this section takes 90 minutes and comes with a few short answer items), and Social Studies (this is a 90 minute section that includes a 25 minute extended response item).

GED passing score

The passing score was 150 points for each subject (the scale is 100-200), but in early 2016, this was adjusted to 145. So now a minimum total of 580 points is required. Beware that scores will expire if your testing is not completed within two years. The new GED tests are offered on computer only. It has been proven that even candidates with hardly any computer and keyboarding skills had enough time type in their answers.

The new GED exam has a lot of different question types: multiple choice (though most have disappeared), fill-in-the-blank questions, some drag-and-drop, and drop-down portions, short answer topics, and extended response items. On the HiSET exam you must, for each of the 5 tests, score in the 8-20 range, your essay score cannot be under two (6 is the maximum score), and your total score must be between 45 and 100.

GED registration

Registration for the GED exam is now much easier. Go to GED.com to learn everything about the new examination, and create an account with MyGED. You will have access an online portal that is filled with information about the best GED preparation, scheduling, payments, rescheduling, and cancellation policies, test results, college profiling, employment market developments, career opportunities, and a lot more. You’ll be surprised.

When you feel you are ready to schedule a test (one at a time is possible) log into your MyGED account, go to ‘Start scheduling’ answer the questions, and schedule one or more tests. You only need to pay for the test you schedule!. If you happen to be 16 or 17 at the time of testing you will be required to complete and submit an ‘Underage Verification Form (UVF)’ to be able to register at your MyGED account.

The GED fee

The GED exam fee in New Mexico is $80 for the entire battery of four tests. You have the option to take one or more modules (tests) at a time, and you only need to pay for the tests you take. Your test scores stand for two years, so you have plenty of time to prepare for all tests separately. If needed, applicants can still get two free retakes. The HiSET fee is $75.

*) Santa Fe Community College

If you are ready to complete your GED or HiSET exam, Santa Fe Community Collegewill help you get ready for the tests via HSE class lessons and personalized instruction, provided by committed and friendly teachers. The school works in five-week courses, but this is not meaning that after these five weeks you will be done.

Everything depends on the level of your knowledge and skills, and most important, your commitment. Never mind how long you will take to complete the program, the school’s instructors will help you every step of the way. GED prep classes are available in English and Spanish. Those applicants 16 and 17 years old must bring an ‘Underage Permission Form’ signed by the last high school they attended before they can attend classes. There is a $25 registration fee per semester.

**) Del Norte Credit Union 2017 Scholarship Program

Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) continues the DNCU Scholarship Program in 2017. Ten students can receive scholarships, an increase from seven winners the past years. The $1,000 award is a contribution towards fall 2017 educational programs and one scholarship is for a GED student and one for a homeschooled a[pplicant.

Candidates must be members in good standing and pursuing higher education at any university, college, or vocational school. The winners of an award are selected based on academic achievements, work experience, and leadership skills demonstrated in their communities.

Del Norte Credit Union Announces 2017-18 DNCU Scholarship Winners
Ten New Mexico students awarded $1,000 each for higher education

SANTA FE —Del Norte Credit Union announced the winners of the DNCU Scholarship program for 2017-18. The ten winners, including four from the Valley, will each receive $1,000 toward their higher education for the 2017-18 school year.

“Our DNCU Scholarship program demonstrates our commitment to supporting young people in New Mexico, in line with our mission of Improving Lives,” said Chuck Valenti, President and CEO of Del Norte Credit Union. “We are very pleased this year to offer ten scholarships to deserving students in Northern New Mexico.”

DNCU increased the number of awards from seven to ten for 2017-18 and also made the awards available to homeschool and GED students, in addition to those with a high school diploma. DNCU’s Scholarship Award is a $1,000 award given to members in good standing who are in pursuit of higher education at any college, university, or vocational school. Winners are chosen based on their academic record, work experience, statement of goals, and demonstrated leadership in their schools and communities. Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America.
“I am very pleased and thankful to be a recipient of this award,” said scholarship winner Katelynn Tafoya-Montoya of McCurdy Charter High School in Espanola.

The DNCU Scholarship winners for 2017-18:

  • Elena Abeyta – Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, NM
  • Maia Beingessner-Chavez – St. Michael’s High School, Santa Fe, NM
  • Adan Casados – Española Valley High School, Española, NM
  • Iain Currie – Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, NM
  • Jacob Hollis – Covenant Heart Academy Homeschool, Los Alamos, NM
  • Justin Lemke – Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, NM
  • Mario Martinez – Española Valley High School, Española, NM
  • Esperanza Ortega-Tapia – Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, NM
  • Dominic Roybal – Pojoaque Valley High School, Pojoaque, NM
  • Katelynn Tafoya-Montoya  – McCurdy Charter High School, Española, NM​

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
• Be a member of Del Norte Credit Union prior to the application deadline.
• Be a high school senior, equivalent home school senior, or a recipient of a GED received insame year of higher education enrollment.
• Plan to enroll infull-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2017-2018 academic year.
• Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a one-time award of $1,000. Up to ten (10) awards will be granted.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, statement of career and educational goals and objectives, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Students will be asked to submit a one-page essay of no more than 300 words. Submitted essays are not part of the selection process but may be used by Del Norte Credit Union for promotional purposes. Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship Management Services. In no instance does any officer or employee of the Del Norte Credit Union play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Recipients will be notified by mail in late April; non-recipients will be notified as well. Scholarship checks will be mailed to the recipients at the beginning of August.

About Del Norte Credit Union
Chartered in 1954, Del Norte Credit Union is dedicated to improving lives by being the ideal partner for a better future. Today DNCU has six branches in northern New Mexico and serves more than 46,000 members throughout the state.

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