The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 14, 2014

Perkins to lead HiSET testing


Herald Staff Report

CLINTON — A new instructor has been added to Clinton Community College.

Bianca Perkins is the lead instructor for the High School Equivalency Testing (HiSET) program. HiSET program will replace the GED this year as the assessment required to earn a state-issued high school equivalency diploma.

Perkins earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with emphasis in community colleges. Originally from Dubuque, she attended Maricopa Community College.

In her new role, she will be responsible for state regulations, and will coordinate instructors’ schedules and the professional development of staff and faculty.

Clinton Community College President Karen Vickers said Perkins will be a quality fit for CCC.

“Bianca has strong experiences with community colleges, a love of learning, and enthusiasm for her work that is unmatched,” Vickers said. “We are excited to have her as a part of CCC and eager to have her become involved in our college and communities we serve.”

HiSET was chosen by a state selection committee made up of education leaders from community colleges and the Iowa Department of Education. The new test is aligned with statewide standards for what students in kindergarten through 12th grade are expected to learn in English language arts and math.

Students will be able to take HiSET either in paper-pencil format or online throughout Iowa starting this month. Online exams initially will be available at the state’s 15 community colleges, and online testing sites will expand over time.

For more information about HiSET and other Clinton Community College programs, call 244-7001.