Free HiSET/GED and ESL courses offered at Ben D. Johnson Center


In collaboration with Bossier Parish Community College, the Ben D. Johnson Educational Center is providing free HiSET and English Language Services (ESL) classes to Natchitoches residents wanting to obtain a high school equivalency diploma.

HiSET classes are every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 3 pm at the BDJ Center located at 400 Martin Luther King Dr., Suite A. To sign up, please call 318/460-7460 or  stop by  the  center Monday-Friday from 8 4 p.m.

The BDJ Center offers educational programs and assists Natchitoches residents with finding and maintaining employment. It provides certification courses covering foundational job skills, digital and financial literacy, effective communication, and industry-based certifications, like OSHA-10, Power Industrial Truck Operation, and ServSafe Food Handler.

Program participants receive case management services, focused on creating stability in their professional and personal life and eliminating their barriers to employment.

Additionally, the BDJ Center relies on its local, ever-growing network of Referral, Resource, and Employer partners to help participants’ obtain social services, job training, and employment.