Adult Basic Education
Adult Basic Education (ABE) offers free instruction to those aged 16 and older with academic and English language skill building needs who are not enrolled in K-12. The Adult Success Center on the third floor of the Roy F. Christensen Building (Building #48) in Pocatello as well as ISU outreach sites in American Falls, Blackfoot, and Soda Springs provide these services. ABE serves the seven counties of Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power. Education is a pathway to a better quality of life for all.
ABE provides free assessment and instruction in language arts, basic math, science, and social studies to assist individuals with their educational or employment goals. ABE's program aligns with the State of Idaho required College and Career Readiness curriculum. Participants may prepare for the General Education Development (GED®) or college entrance examinations. Participants are encouraged to consider transitioning to college through the College of Technology Successful Transition and Retention Track (START) program. ABE programs offer various settings and methods to help students learn at their desired rate and methods. Classes and independent study through books, audio and video materials, tutors and computers are available. ABE sponsors a GED® commencement ceremony in June on the Idaho State University campus at the ISU Ballroom in the Pond Student Union building.
General Educational Development (GED®): This service assists people who have not earned a high school diploma. The Idaho State University Testing Center offers the GED® examinations. Individuals coordinate these examinations with the Testing Center. There is a cost for each section of the GED examination. Limited scholarships for these costs may be available through ABE and the Center for New Directions. Interested participants should contact the Adult Success Center to determine availability and eligibility criteria. This contact needs to occur before scheduling with the Testing Center.
Additionally, ABE's English as a Second Language (ESL) program assists speakers of other languages learn to speak, understand, read, and write English. ESL offers instruction in the English needed for daily life in the United States and includes skills useful in education, employment, residency, and citizenship. The curriculum emphasizes formal grammar lessons and instruction in the social uses of language. ESL classes are offered in American Falls, Blackfoot, and Pocatello.