Literacy Services of Wisconsin and the African American Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide a 16-week Entrepreneurial Training Program that promotes business development with a focus on marketing, branding, business network development, all while fulfilling the requirements to be awarded a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). 

This state-approved PI 5.09 program is based on the Common Core State Standards and emphasizes communication skills such as speaking, listening, and writing in preparation for post-secondary education and the workplace. Learners are assessed on classroom-based projects, not standardized tests, and are provided a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to learning.

Earn your HSED while gaining skills to launch your own business!


  • At least 18.5 years of age
  • The class you entered 9th grade with has graduated
  • Proof of Wisconsin residency
  • Not currently enrolled in a public high school
  • Strong computer skills: internet browsing, basic typing, creating documents, responding via email, and using other online apps as needed
Class Schedule
July 11th - October 27th
Monday through Thursday
10 am to 2 pm

Apply by July 6th!

Information Session

Learn more about the program and meet your trainers at our virtual information session on Wednesday, July 6th at 4 pm. 


For HSED questions contact Betsy Kerns at 414-226-5637 or via email at betsy@literacyservices.org.

For RISE questions contact Jona Moore at 414-462-9450 or via email at jmoore@aaccwisconsin.org.

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