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Adult Basic Education

Department Overview
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.

Entrance Requirements
Students may register any time during the quarter and there is a $25 fee per quarter.