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Basic Skills


Basic skills programs teach people reading, writing, and math skills.

Basic skills programs help people prepare for the work place or for further education. Some programs focus on English language skills. Other students learn everyday skills such as riding the bus or grocery shopping.

In many states, basic skills instruction is provided through the Adult Basic Education Program (ABE). ABE programs are usually organized through community colleges or local school district offices.

General Educational Development (GED)

Some students in a basic skills program earn a GED. GED programs can lead to a high school equivalency certificate or diploma which is generally accepted in place of a high school diploma. In some states, students may work to receive an adult high school diploma.

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Program Admission

ABE programs are open to all adults sixteen and older who are released from compulsory education and who are not functioning at a postsecondary level. The programs are free to eligible participants.

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

Course work varies depending on each student's goals. Independent, one-on-one, and small-group study methods are used. Course work usually includes some or all of the following:

Non-English speaking students also learn spoken English and language structure.


East Side Area

Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Yakima Area

GMC Training Institute