Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The mission of the ABE Program at Bellevue College is to offer a flexible program to meet the diverse needs of students needing basic skills to become more self-sufficient by offering courses to support students’ goals in transitioning to college classes, completing the GED®, or improving employment opportunities. Students will be able to function independently, participate more fully in a global economy, and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

ABE courses are intended for students who are proficient in English but want to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills.

  • Adults who are at least 16 years old.
  • Students under 19 must be formally released from high school before registering for classes. Contact your local school district for release forms.

Tuition is  $25 per quarter for the Adult Basic Education (ABE) and High School Completion (HSC) program.

Tuition Waivers

Help with payments is available with a: Quest card, unemployed, DSHS, SSI, WIC, HUD, Free or reduced lunch, or have a letter from a community organization. Please complete the tuition waiver form here.

  • Tuition waivers are required for each quarter you are enrolled.
  • Tuition waivers require your ctcLink ID and should be completed in the first four weeks of the quarter.
  • Tuition Waivers are processed by the enrollment office and take 1-2 weeks to process. Please visit the https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/studentcentral Student Central website to request help with your waiver status.

WORKFORCE EDUCATION

If you’re receiving Basic Food or cash assistance from DSHS, Workforce Education may be able to help pay for textbooks, childcare, and transportation – apply online to see if you qualify.

The ABE program offers day and evening courses.  The English and math courses begin at elementary levels and provide rigorous academic instruction for GED® preparation, college preparation, and employment.  Completion of a three day ABE Orientation is required to determine appropriate placement into the program.  Substantial and sustained progress is required for continued enrollment.

All new students and returning students who have been gone for 3+ years are required to take a 3-day orientation course. During this orientation courses, you will complete your CASAS assessment and receive registration information for your quarterly courses.

ABE math classes help students learn math operations and use math in real situations. In the five different levels, they develop skills to:

  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers.
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals, fractions, and percents.
  • Solve basic and intermediate algebra and geometry problems.
  • Read and analyze data, charts, and graphs

ABE English classes help students improve their reading and writing skills. In the four different levels, they develop skills to:

  • Read articles, papers, short novels, maps, graphs, charts, and other types of writing.
  • Write evidence-based, persuasive short and extended responses and essays
  • Improve grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.

Prerequisite: ABE Orientation and Advising

More information coming soon!

GED® Test Preparation classes at Bellevue College are designed for students with well-developed reading skills to:

  • Review and prepare for the four GED® tests.
  • Identify readiness to take the GED® tests based on in-class practice tests.
  • Develop test-taking strategies and study skills.

Important Links

How to Apply

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Step 1: Apply to Bellevue College

All Adult Basic Education (ABE) and High School Completion (HSC) students are required to complete the general Bellevue College application.

Program: Transitional Studies

Degree or Certificate:

  • High School Diploma (HSC)
  • High School Equivalent/GED (HSC)
  • Reading/Writing/Math Skills (ABE)

Your new ctcLink student ID will be emailed to you. It could take up to a couple days.

If you have already applied, check the Student Central Processing Dashboard for current processing times.

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Step 2: Create a Net ID

Your BC Net ID is used to log in to online and computer services such as email, Canvas, and campus computers. Please set up your NetID as soon as you receive your welcome email. You will need:

  • ctcLink ID (in your admissions email)
  • PIN: your six-digit birthdate in MMDDYY format (ex: if your birthdate is February 12, 1995, your PIN is 011295)

You can read more about your NetID or watch a video walk through of this process.

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Step 3: Complete the Student Intake Form

All new and returning students must complete the student intake form. Incomplete intake forms will not be processed.

Complete the Intake Form

Your ctcLink Student ID is required to complete the form.

Applications are processed in the order received. Our programs often fill quickly so do not wait until the deadline to apply.

CASAS Assessment

All Adult Basic Education (ABE) students are required to complete the CASAS Assessment. This assessment will be completed during your orientation course. You will also take follow up assessments during your time in the program. There is no cost for taking this assessment.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, no CASAS exams are happening at this time. You can apply to the program without completing a CASAS test. More details will come about the CASAS test in the near future.

Contact Us

Email us at abe@bellevuecollege.edu

Visit our office in R130 Monday-Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Last Updated June 23, 2022