Adult Basic Education
Adult Basic Education in Washington State
Adult basic education and literacy programs are an integral part of Washington’s education and workforce system. The Office of Adult Basic Education (ABE), part of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), administers federal and state Adult Education and Literacy funds to local providers, and provides program development training and activities in order to assure quality basic skills services for all students across the State. The purpose of the Adult Basic Education Program is to assist adults in obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary for work, further education, family self-sufficiency, and community involvement.
A range of instructional services are available to adults, 16 years of age and older, with academic skills below the high school completion level or in need of increased English language skills in order to succeed in their communities. Adult basic education develops skills in reading, writing, math, speaking/listening in English, GED and Adult High School preparation, and basic computer literacy. Washington’s nationally recognized and highly innovative I-BEST programs allow ABE students to transition quickly into certificate and degree programs so they are able to secure living wage positions in the workforce and access higher levels of education.