Adult Basic Education

ABE-001: ABE Level I, Credits = 1 - 11
Instruction in reading, writing, and computational skills for individuals with a goal to improve basic skills. Placement is determined by a score of less than 200 on a CASAS or other intake assessment. All students under 19 years of age must have a signed release form from the last school they attended. Students 16-17 years of age must first be admitted to the College following the Underage Admissions policy, which is available in the Student Development Center.

ABE-002: ABE Level II, Credits = 1 - 11
Instruction in reading, writing, and computational skills for individuals with a goal to improve basic skills. Placement is determined by a score of 201-210 on a CASAS test or other intake assessment. All students under 19 years of age must have a signed release form from the last school they attended. Students 16-17 years of age must first be admitted to the College following the Underage Admissions policy, which is available in the Student Development Center.

ABE-003: ABE Level III, Credits = 1 - 11
Instruction in reading, writing, and computational skills for individuals with a goal to improve basic skills. Placement is determined by a score of 211-220 on a CASAS test of other intake assessment test. Prerequisite: All students under 19 years of age must have a signed release form from the last school they attended. Students 16-17 years of age must first be admitted to the College following the Underage Admissions policy, which is available in the Student Development Center.

ABE-004: ABE Level IV, Credits = 1 - 11
Instruction in reading, writing, and computational skills for individuals with a goal to improve basic skills. Placement is determined by a score of 221-235 on a CASAS test or other intake assessment. All students under 19 years of age must have a signed release form from the last school they attended. Students 16-17 years of age must first be admitted to the College following the Underage Admissions policy, which is available in the Student Development Center.

ABE-004A: ABE Context Reading, Credits = 5
This course develops reading techniques for adult basic education students through focusing on the reading of pre-college textbooks and academic discussion of literature. This course helps to improve comprehension skills, critical reading skills and application of reading strategies. Students will be expected to analyze and synthesize materials at an appropriate reading speed, as well as formulate critical analysis of readings. Daily discussions, outside readings, written assignments and examinations are required. A CASAS score of 221-235 and writing assessment are used for placement. Students with an end of quarter CASAS score of 236 and above, and a grade of A may qualify for READ 088 or College Level Reading. Instructor permission required.

ABE-005: Educational Interview, Credits = 1
This learner-focused orientation course can be offered with students one-to-one, in small or large groups, or in a combination of these configurations and should begin the first quarter of enrollment. Students can register for three consecutive 1 credit courses. The course must meet for at least ten hours per quarter to earn one credit. State-mandated pre-testing and assessment testing as well as the college's registration process are included.

ABE-013: Basic Math, Credits = 1 - 4.5
A group course whose focus is on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division including practice solving one-and two-step work problems, basic fractions, decimals, and simple measurement. Minimum computational skills at a level determined by intake assessment test, or by instructor permission. Prerequisite: All students under 19 years of age must have a signed release from the last school they attended. Students 16-17 years of age must first be admitted to the College following the Underage Admissions policy, which is available in the student development center. Students may enroll anytime throughout the year.

ABE-014: ABE Math, Credits = 1 - 4.5
Focus is on ratio, proportion, percent, simple geometry, algebra, review of fractions and decimals, and solving multi-step word problems to prepare students for the GED math test. Prerequisite: Computational skills at a level determined by intake placement assessment, or by instructor permission. All students who are under 19 years of age must have a signed release form from the last school attended. Students 16-17 years of age must first be admitted to the College following the Underage Admissions policy, which is available in the Student Development Center.

ABE-023: ABE Health and Nutrition, Credits = 1 - 9
This course is designed for students seeking High School 21 credit, students studying for the GED exam, and students seeking educational enrichment. Course content emphasizes the importance of knowledge, attitudes, and practices relating to personal health and wellness so the student can make healthy lifestyle choices that support their whole well-being. Students will also gain familiarity with evidence-based writing, reading for comprehension, computer/media literacy, as well as math, science, and social studies concepts used in health and nutrition. This course is designed to prepare students for a successful transition to college-level courses and to develop the behaviors and values relevant to success in higher education and the labor market. Students who successfully complete this course will earn a High School 21 credit in Health; students can earn an additional credit in English if they demonstrate the requisite competencies in reading and writing. WAC 180 51-061 CASAS post-test will be given after 45 hours of instruction. Prerequisite: CASAS 201 or above.

ABE-024: ABE General Science, Credits = 1 - 9
This course is designed for students seeking an adult high school diploma through the High School 21 Program, students studying for the GED exam, and students seeking educational enrichment. Students will explore foundational topics in biology, chemistry, and ecology; a special focus will be placed on uderstanding those issues within the context of everyday life. Throughout this course students will gain familiarity with evidence-based writing, reading for comprehension, media/computer literacy, and math concepts used in science. Students who successfully complete this course will earn a High School 21 lab credit in science; students can earn an additional credit in English if they demonstrate the requisite competencies in reading and writing. WAC 180 51-061 CASAS post-test will be given after 45 hours of instruction. Prerequisite: CASAS 211 or above.

ABE-025: ABE English Language Arts, Credits = 1 - 9
This course is intended for students seeking an adult high school diploma through the High School 21 program, students studying for the GED exam, and students seeking educational enrichment. In this course, students will increase their confidence and ability in writing and reading for academic purposes, employment, and every day life. Course content emphasizes the mechanics of writing as well as strategies to develop and organize complex ideas in writing. The reading component of this course focuses on interpreting and analyzing a variety of texts, including fiction, nonfiction, and informational. This course is designed to prepare students for a successful transition to college-level courses and to develop the behaviors and values relevant to success in higher education and the labor market. Students who successfully complete this course will earn a High School 21 credit in English. WAC 180 51-061 CASAS post-test will be given after 45 hours of instruction. Prerequiste: CASAS 201.

ABE-026: ABE Social Studies Contemporary World Issues, Credits = 1 - 9
This course is designed for students seeking an adult high school diploma through the High School 21 Program, students studying for the GED exam, and students seeking educational enrichment. In this course, students will investigate a current world issue in depth; the issue will vary by quarter according to instructor and/or student interest. Course content will focus on understanding the historic, geographic, and economic context of the current world issue and how it intersects with questions of human rights, environmental change, globalization, and civic action. This course is designed to prepare students for a successful transition to college-level courses and/or to pass the GED, and places an emphasis on acquiring reading, writing, math, and computer skills, and developing the behaviors and values relevant to a successful transition into higher education and the labor market. Students who successfully complete this course will earn a High School 21 credit in Social Studies; students can earn an additional credit in English if they demonstrate the requisite competencies in reading and writing. WAC 180 51-061 CASAS post-test will be given after 45 hours of instruction. Prerequisite: CASAS 201 or above.

ABE-027: ABE Advanced Reading, Credits = 5
This course develops reading techniques for adult basic education students through focusing on the reading of pre-college textbooks and academic discussion of literature. This course helps to improve comprehension skills, critical reading skills and application of reading strategies. Students will be expected to analyze and synthesize materials at an appropriate reading speed as well as formulate critical analysis of readings. Daily discussions, outside readings, written assignments and examinations are required. A CASAS score of 221-256 and writing assessment are used for placement. Students with an end quarter CASAS score of 236 and above, and a grade of A may qualify for Read 88 or College Level Reading.

ABE-028: ABE Advanced Writing, Credits = 5
The course focus is on organizing and presenting information to serve a specific purpose. Graphic organizers are routinely used to generate ideas. Students use a variety of sentence types and transition words to organize ideas into logical paragraphs with main ideas and supporting details. Students work on editing skills and observe writing conventions of grammar, spelling and sentence structure. This course includes daily discussion, individual and group writing activities, examinations and homework. This course is designed to prepare students for a successful transition to college-level courses and to develop the behaviors and values relevant to success in higher education and the labor market. Students who successfully complete this course will earn up to three High School 21 credits in English. WAC 180 51-061 CASAS post-test will be given after 45 hours of instruction. Preprequisite: CASAS 221 or above and writing sample.

ABE-029: ABE Occupational Education, Credits = 1 - 5
This course is designed to assist students in determining their personal, educational and occupational goals by identifying marketable skills and exploring the current labor market. Students who successfully complete this course will earn a High School 21 credit in Occupational Education; students can earn an additional credit in English if they demonstrate the requisite competencies in reading and writing.

ABE-031: ABE United States History and Government and the Arts, Credits = 1 - 9
This course is designed for students seeking an adult high school diploma through the High School 21 Program, students studying for the GED exam, and students seeking educational enrichment. In this course, students will investigate US History and Government through a variety of multimedia, reading, writing, fine art, and music. Students will respond to a wide variety of themes, by era in American History, beginning with the American Revolution through the development of our modern government, from the 1600s to the present. The content will examine the pathway and the development of the modern day culture, democracy and the federal government. Students who successfully complete this course could earn High School 21 credit in American History/Government and fine arts. Students can earn additional credit if they demonstrate the requisite competencies in reading and writing. WAC 180 51-061 CASAS post-test will be given afer 45 hours of instruction. Prerequisite: CASAS score of 190 or above.

ABE-032: ABE HS 21 Portfolio Class, Credits = 1 - 2.5
ABE HS 21 Portfolio classes are self-paced computer classes offered in a variety of learning modalities - including face-to-face, hybrid and online. Portfolio classes are conducted using Canvas. This competency based course allows students to work at their own pace and is designed to prepare students for a successful transition to college-level courses and to develop the behaviors and values relevant to success in higher education and the labor market. Prerequisite: HS 21 Transcript Evaluation: Socre under 246 or placement in basic skills program

ABE-052: Writing Skill Building, Credits = 1 - 4.5
Prepares the ABE/ESL student for pre-college courses. Focuses on topics which parallel those covered in English 077 and English 097, including composition and organization of a well-developed paragraph, including sentence structure, grammar, and mechanics. Students will improve online computer skills. Online work emphasizes reading in order to expand background knowledge and build vocabulary. Prerequisite: CASAS score of ESL 211 or above or CASAS score of ABE 200 or above.

ABE-066: Basic e-Learning, Credits = 1 - 10
This course is designed for adult basic education students at all levels of literacy competency. This e-learning course familiarizes beginners with the basic operation and navigation of the computer, utilizes office programs for college writing and occupational applications, enhances basic communication skills using e-mail, helps students gain basic keyboarding skills, and become competent using work-related computer forms. Students will be prepared to use the computer as a tool to continue their education and obtain, or retain employment.

ABE-067: Advanced e-Learning, Credits = 1 - 9
This course is an introduction to vocational and technical skills that are necessary to become (1) employable in the changing world of technology, (2) successful in education and employment by utilizing technology, (3) competitive in technology for today's society. Prerequisite: Students must have knowledge and basic skills using a computer, accessing the Internet including email and utilizing software programs to include Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students are required to take the Orientation to Canvas before beginning the Basic eLearning classes.