Do you have a business idea but don't know how to get started?
Do you have a side hustle that you are ready to level up?
Do you need your high school diploma?


If you answered yes to these questions, then RISE HSED may be for you!


In this 16-week course, you will learn how to create a business plan and build your business while working on your high school diploma credential. Attendance, participation, and classwork are mandatory in this accelerated state-approved 5.09 program to get you the results you are looking for FAST! Work one-on-one with a business mentor. Be ready to "Pitch" your business idea to community leaders and judges at the end of the semester. Cash prizes are available to help with startup costs.


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
Summer dates to be announced soon!
Please register now to enroll in spring HSED prep courses to help ensure your seat this summer!


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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