Adult Basic Education Classes

  • ESL (English as a second language)

    English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are for adults whose native language is not English. Classes are designed to help adults develop English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills according to their individual goals. Adults who participate in ESL classes feel more confident living and working in the United States and learning English can be a key to finding a living-wage job. ABE offers 6 separate levels for ESL students to learn and build their English skills. From the novice to the advanced.

    All newcomers to the United States, regardless of English ability level, are welcome to enroll. Join the 800-1000 adults who participate in ESL classes every year.

    Visit our office or contact us at 320-370-8220 or for more information.


    By becoming a U.S. citizen you will be able to vote and participate fully in our American democracy. If you become a citizen before your children turn 18, they also become citizens. Adult Basic Education offers these free services to all interested in becoming U.S. Citizens:

    • Citizenship Workshop
    • English for citizenship classes
    • Classes/volunteer tutors to help study U.S. history and government
    • Referrals to St. Cloud Area Legal Services for private help in legal matters regarding citizenship

    Visit our office or contact us at 320-370-8220 or for more information.

    GED Prep

    Your future is calling! With your GED you can go on to post-secondary education, earn a credential, get a job (or find a better job) and earn more in salary and benefits throughout your work career. ABE has classes to help you prepare for all four parts of the test, brush-up on your test taking skills and improve your basic reading, writing and math skills, while you build the confidence you'll need to succeed. Classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the week, so you'll have options that best fit your busy life.

    Visit our office or contact us at 320-370-8220 or for more information.


    Family Literacy

    Family Literacy allows parents and children an opportunity to go to school together. Adults work on literacy skills and participate in programs such as Parent Education and Parent-Child Time while their children experience an Early Childhood setting.

    • Adult Education: Adults work on a high school diploma, GED or ESL.
    • Parent-Child Time: Parents learn about their child through parent-child activities.
    • Parent Education: Parents meet with a parent educator to discuss parenting topics.
    • Early Childhood Program: Children have a positive first school experience.

    Visit our office or contact us at 320-370-8220 or for more information.

    Workplace Literacy

    Workplace Literacy is more than just being able to read and write. It is a combination of skills that are needed to function effectively in the work environment. These skills include:

    • Decision-Making
    • Critical Thinking
    • Identifying and Solving Problems
    • Setting Goals
    • Speaking and Writing Effectively
    • Math Skills
    • Basic Computer Skills

    Employers and employees both benefit from increased basic skills in the workplace.

    Visit our office or contact us at 320-370-8220 or for more information.

    Skills Enhancement

    The Skills Enhancement program is for adults who need to improve their basic reading, writing, math and spelling skills. Individualized instruction is offered to develop a wide range of skills from balancing a checkbook to using a computer. The books and materials used have been written specifically for adult learners,

    Visit our office or contact us at 320-370-8220 or for more information.