Education Services

Get Help with your Education

If you left high school, we can help you get your GED®. We offer tutoring, payment help, and transportation to school and the GED® test. Or if you want to apply for college, find scholarships, and learn more about career choices, we can help with that, too.

Who is eligible

18 through 24 year-olds


Outside In ERC
1195 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205





GED® Program Office and Enrollment Hours

Monday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

College Help Open Enrollment Hours

Monday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

College Help Office Hours

Monday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Education Support Resources

The Employment and Education Resource Center (ERC) is a place where people ages 18-25 can get help with

  • Earning a GED®
  • Completing a college education, apprenticeship, or short-term certificate
  • Getting into a career they love
  • Finding a job that will pay the bills

GED® Help

Alternative high school with drop-in scheduling and one-on-one tutoring

  • Try this if: You want a GED® and have a lot of appointments, are working, are a parent, need help paying for the GED®, or if traditional schools have never felt like a good fit for your needs.
  • Benefits include: Paid testing fees, pretests, class materials, and instruction, transportation to school and GED® tests, and gift card bonuses when you make progress toward your goal of getting a GED®.

College Help

Get help with paying for college, brushing up on academic skills, and doing homework for your classes. The first step is completing Job Readiness Training (JRT), a free 3-week class designed to get you ready for a short-term goal job and help you plan for a long-term career you want.

  • Try this if: You want to focus on short-term and long-term goals, like college and careers
  • Benefits include: Paid internships at Virginia Woof Dog Daycare and elsewhere, resume and cover letter help, a college scholarship, career and college coaching, tutoring, clothes and transportation support

Success Stories


Through these connections I was able to get into school and graduate as a Certified Medical Assistant


Outside In made me want to be around excellence. Outside In shaped me. It taught me how to be kind to people less fortunate.


When I came out as trans and reached out to the community for help, everyone had something good to say about Outside In.


If you met me today, you might never imagine I spent countless nights sleeping under the Burnside Bridge.


As a patient at Outside In, the dignity, compassion, and respect that I was shown by staff truly had a lasting impact on me and directly resulted in me wanting to get involved in helping my community.


Through Outside In’s guidance and support, I was in my own apartment completely self-sufficient within a week.