Minnesota Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a statewide system that serves approximately 75,000 adults annually. There is no cost for ABE classes, which are offered in the following areas:
- Adult Diploma
- General Education Development (GED)
- English as a Second Language (ESL or EL)
- Family Literacy
- Basic Skills Enhancement
- Workplace Literacy
- U.S. Citizenship/Civics
ABE students work on improving basic skills to help prepare them for future education, training or employment opportunities. ABE services are delivered through a network of all Minnesota school districts, as well as other partners including the correctional system and community-based organizations.
To be eligible for ABE, an individual must be:
- age 17 or older and not enrolled in or required to be enrolled in any school in the K-12 system,
And must meet one or both of the following criteria:
- lacks a secondary (high school) credential
- functions below the 12th grade level in any of the basic academic areas including reading, math, and ability to read, write and understand English.
Find your local Adult Basic Education Program to learn about courses offered and how to access services.