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Basic Education For Adults

Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) programs teach foundational skills — reading, writing, math, technology and English language — so adults can move through college and into high-demand jobs. The programs are designed for adults with academic skills below high school completion or who need to improve their English language skills.

The goal is to advance students quickly and purposefully toward degrees and certificates. Strategies move the goal line from passing the GED®, to graduating from college and starting careers.

The programs offer a life-changing opportunity for adults to succeed as students, employees, parents and citizens.


William Durden
Director, Basic Education for Adults

Christy Lowder
Administrative Assistant Basic Education for Adults

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Basic Education for Adults Programs

Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language — courses in reading, writing and math for adults with academic skills below high school completion or who need to improve English language skills.

Building and Supporting Quality Programs for Adult Learners

Hot Topics

  • A Conversation with an Adult Education Director: Ensuring Student Success through Guided Pathways, Voices for Opportunity, JFF blog, May 9, 2017
    Jon Kerr, Basic Education for Adults Washington state director, discusses why community colleges should be more intentional in connecting adult basic education to guided pathways and how federal and state policy could help forge greater ties. Kerr is a member of the Policy Leadership Trust for Student Success, which Jobs for the Future convenes to promote evidenced-based, practitioner-informed policies for scaling guided pathways. 


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