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Adult Basic Education offers a variety of courses and programs designed to build skills in reading, writing, oral communication, critical thinking, technology, and mathematics so adults can transition to workforce training or academic transfer programs. Students are prepared to earn Adult High School 21+ Diploma or General Education Development (GED®) and/or increase English Language Skills. Adult Basic Education programs allow students with High School credentials to prepare for a successful transition to college-level courses and to develop the behaviors and values relevant to success in higher education and in the labor market.
Adult Basic Education - HS21+ is a competency-based high school diploma designed for adult learners (21 and older) who do not have a GED® or high school (HS) diploma. HS21+ encourages lifelong learning and prepares students to transition into I-BEST or other college programs to further training and education or to acquire family-wage jobs.
Adult Basic Education - GED® preparation classes are designed for individuals who wish to prepare for the college entrance exam or for the four subject tests included on the General Educational development (GED®) exam. Courses integrate content from the following subject areas: Reasoning through language arts-writing; science; social studies; and mathematical reasoning.
I-BEST - Integrated Basic Education Skills pathway training programs are designed for students to improve their English language or basic skills while earning college-level certificates or two-year degrees. In the I-BEST program, classes are team taught by one content instructor and one basic skills instructor. Students may also receive additional academic support for college courses. Each I-BEST program includes the opportunity to build reading, math, and English skills through basic skills and development levels with the goal of reaching college level and earning work ready certificates and degrees. Participating programs: Ag Science, Energy, Water Management, Arts & Sciences, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing.
Adult Basic Skills - English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes are offered to limited English proficient students to develop communication skills, function effectively in jobs, pursue a higher degree, and participate as members of the community. Course pathways include Adult High School 21+ program, GED® tests, college, or current or future work. Students enrolled in IDEA (Integrated Digital English Acceleration) courses learn English and college and job skills. Classes may be taught using a team teaching model to facilitate classroom and on-line learning. Students are assessed at entry and placed at one of VI ELA levels and progress is measured every 45 hours through CASAS.



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Walla Walla Campus
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, WA 99362


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Clarkston Campus
1470 Bridge Street
Clarkston, WA 99403

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Program Outcomes


    Upon successful completion of program, the students
  • Demonstrate academic reading, math, and written and oral communication skills through the development of critical thinking and comprehension strategies.
  • Recognize themselves as learners and citizens capable of accomplishing their academic and professional goals and contributing to the larger community.
  • Engage in campus activities, utilize campus resources, and demonstrate the ability to transition to and navigate academic and professional environments.
  • Demonstrate an increase in computer literacy and proficiency in using technology for academic and professional purposes.
  • Use interpersonal skills and strategies in a multicultural context.