ABE Program Areas

GED — General Educational Development Diploma

Program is provided for eligible adults who lack a high school diploma.  The GED is the national high school equivalency program that includes a set of 5 tests: Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science.

Adult Diploma

Program is provided for eligible adults leading to a high school diploma from a sponsoring Minnesota school district.

ESL — English as a Second Language

Instruction is provided for those whose native language is not English. Sometimes referred to as English Language Learning (ELL). ESL classes, from pre-literacy level to the advanced level, help students develop speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar skills to communicate effectively in English within their workplaces, communities, and families.

EL Civics

EL (English Language) Civics provides non-native English speaking adults with instruction in a civics context. The Minnesota Department of Education Adult Basic Education office administers this program and issues an annual RFP (Request for Proposal) to eligible providers.

Basic Skills Enhancement

Program is provided for students who need goal-specific elementary- or secondary-level basic skills such as work-related math, functional literacy (e.g. banking skills), reading, or writing assistance.

Citizenship / Civics Education

Program is provided to prepare Minnesota non-citizens for U.S. citizenship. Includes application preparation and English language instruction. Civics Education includes content related to general civics knowledge and participation in a democratic society.

Distance and Online Learning

Distance Learning provides adult learners with the opportunity for structured learning outside the classroom. This is a fast-developing area of ABE instruction in Minnesota.

Adult Basic Education

Minnesota LINCS
Minnesota Literacy Council
700 Raymond Ave, Suite 180
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone: 651.645.2277 * Fax: 651.645.2272