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

Location

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

Contact

503.445.0976
ERCinfo@OutsideIn.org

Cost

Free

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

River

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

Anna

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

Anthony

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.

Jason

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

Rei

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

Shay

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