High School Equivalency and Tutoring Programs

Thomas Dunn Learning Center’s High School Equivalency Program is designed to meet the needs of those who are preparing to take the HiSET, GED, or similar high school equivalency testing.  The state of Missouri requires passing the HiSET (“High School Equivalency Test”) for a high school diploma equivalency certificate.  Illinois will accept either the HiSET or the GED.  Attainment allows an individual to move forward in a career field, join the military, begin a training program, or continue their education.  For more information about the HiSET, please visit their website.

While we focus primarily on HiSET students, we can also work with students preparing for the ASVAB, ACT, SAT, GRE, or high school or college students seeking support on a particular subject.  Note: TDLC does not administer any exams, but we can assist students in finding an exam location and with registration.


  • To enroll in our program, individuals must:
    • Be at least 16 years old.
    • Complete the Online Registration Form from home or in person at TDLC on one of our computers.
    • Receive a call from a TDLC staff member about how to take a short practice exam online or at our center. This helps your instructor create a customized learning plan for you.
    • Talk to a staff member about scheduling your study time with one of our instructors, either in person or on Zoom.
  • For more information, call us at (314) 353-3050.
  • Instruction is FREE.
  • There are fees to take the HiSET exams, however TDLC offers scholarships to cover testing fees for those who stay in the program and continue to make progress.
  • To register to take the HiSET exams, individuals must:

    • Not be enrolled or have graduated from high school
    • Be at least 16 years old
    • Be a resident of Missouri or Illinois
    • Have a government issued ID

technology lending library

Thomas Dunn Learning Center has a limited number of tablets (30) and laptops (4) that we are able to loan for a period of 1 or more months, depending on availability. The tablets are equipped with unlimited data and have a front-facing camera.  The laptops are not equipped with data and do not have a camera.

We will review your request to determine your eligibility and contact you about the availability of the devices.

In order to be eligible for ANY device, you must:

  1.  Be at least 18 years old.
  2.  Sign and agree to a Technology Loan Agreement.

In order to be eligible for a tablet, you must:

  1.  Have an income at or below 80% of the median household income for the area.
  2.  Complete one required course at TDLC that will provide you with an overview of the device. 
  3.  Complete pre and post surveys on Career Readiness and Financial Empowerment.
  4.  Attend one class on Career Readiness and one class on Financial Empowerment.


  • Because of funding associated with the tablets, you will only be able to use them for 1 month (or 30 days). After 30 days, you will be required to return the tablet. Depending on availability, you may be able to check another device out at that time or soon afterward.
  • Laptops will be rented out on an as-needed basis with priority given to our current HiSET students.
  • All technology rented from Thomas Dunn Learning Center is AT NO COST to you.
  • TDLC may request compensation for damaged devices or those that are not returned.

Other Adult Education & Enrichment Programs

Visit our calendar to see what other adult programs are coming up.