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Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The classes within this program will help prepare students for Adult High School or high school equivalency programs and enable students to obtain valuable workplace readiness skills. In this program, you will develop skills in reading comprehension, speaking, writing and basic math.

Upon completing the program, students will have gained proficiency in the following areas:

 • Development of Fundamental Applications of Math

Students are taught basic math functions and  computations and how to use those skills in  “real-world” situations.

• Development of Financial Skills (Written and Verbal)

Students will be able to better manage their personal finances through understanding basic financial documents and banking skills.

• Basic Reading Comprehension

Students are taught the skills to recall main ideas and supporting details in written communications,  as well as understand the context of words and how they relate to the story.

• Development of Critical Thinking Skills

Students will gain the ability to process and  analyze information and reach logical conclusion


Adults 18 years or older.
(Minors 16 and 17 years old meeting RCC criteria may be enrolled if they meet certain guidelines.)

 The Adult Basic Education program is open to students who:

  • Do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Score 8.9 or below on both the Reading and Mathematics sections of the TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education)
  • Have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma and score below 8.9 on the TABE
  • Have an approved source of picture identification, such as a valid driver’s license, personal passport or official United States identification documents

All Adult Basic Education students will be pre-tested with a standardized TABE or CASAS assessment. The results of the testing will determine placement into one of four program levels:

  • Beginning ABE Literacy
  • Beginning ABE
  • Low Intermediate ABE
  • High Intermediate ABE