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Beginning fall quarter 2017, Transitional Studies programs previously Adult Basic Education (ABE) and HS21+ will be listed as CAP-Career and Academic Preparation-in publication, on the e-schedule and in the college catalog. English as a Second Language classes, now listed separately as English Language Acquisition (ELA) and GED classes are listed separately within the CAP program. CAP students complete the registration process through Transitional Studies, and classes are still the same low cost, $25.00 a quarter. Students asking for CAP courses, or students placed into CAP classes by college placement can be referred to Office 203 in Walla Walla and Room 131/ 110 in Clarkston for intake and assessment.

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. Basic Education for Adults programs provide students with an opportunity to build on prior experience as they build academic skills and establish supports needed to achieve their goals. On-going and pre- and post-CASAS assessment is required. Class fees are $25 per quarter.
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. Ongoing pre- and post-CASAS assessment is required. Class fees are $25 per quarter.
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.
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. Ongoing pre- and post-CASAS assessment is required. Class fees are $25 per quarter.
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. I-BEST students meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Students test below college level in college or math on the CASAS;
  • Students don't have their high school diploma or GED«;
  • Students who have their high school diploma or GED« but may have been out of school for a long period of time and test below college level on CASAS in reading or math, and would like extra support in the classroom.



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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.