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Adult Basic Education (ABE)

  1.  Program Description    
  2.  Registration Caldwell  
  3.  Registration Watauga  
  4.  Class Schedules  

Program Description

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program helps students learn to read and write or to improve their reading, writing, and math skills.  Students may begin at any level and progress at their own pace to work on these skills.  Tutors and one-on-one instruction are often available for ABE students.  There are convenient class sites and times available to fit almost any schedule.  Morning, afternoon, and evening classes are available.  Classes are available in Caldwell and Watauga counties.  Classes and materials are free. 

For more information, please call (828) 726-2235 or 726-2230 (Caldwell) or (828) 297-5253 (Watauga).

Special Note About Minors

Students who are 18 years old and younger must complete a Minor Permission Form before being allowed to enroll in any College and Career Readiness class.  Students can either pickup the Minor Permission Form in person at the College and Career Readiness Department or call (828) 726-2230 and have the form mailed.  Instructions for completing the form are attached to it, but if there are questions, please call (828) 726-2230.  Someone will be glad to help you.

Adult Basic Education Registration (Caldwell Campus)

All Caldwell Campus Adult Basic Education (ABE) students must attend a free Orientation and Assessment session before enrolling in a class.  To sign up for an Orientation and Assessment session or to get more information, please call (828) 726-2230.

Orientation classes meet for two weeks, Monday through Thursday.  Morning and evening classes are available.

  • Morning classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for the first week and from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for the second week.
  • Evening classes meet Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. each of the two weeks.

All Orientation and Assessment sessions are free.

In an Orientation and Assessment session, students:

  • receive important information about Adult Basic Education classes,
  • are taught tips for success in class and on tests,
  • take placement tests in reading, math, and language, and
  • receive an introduction to the college and its services.

After completing an Orientation and Assessment session, students meet with an advisor and will receive placement test results (scores), discuss educational goals, select a class site and schedule, and ask any questions they may have.

After meeting with an advisor, students may begin their ABE class.  The instructor will meet individually with each student on the first day of class to orient him/her to the new class.

Adult Basic Education Registration (Watauga Campus)

All Watauga Campus Adult Basic Education students must attend a free Orientation and Assessment session before enrolling in a ABE class.  The session lasts approximately three hours.  To sign up for an Orientation and Assessment session or to get more information, please call (828) 297-5253.

Registration is held every Thursday at either 9:00 a.m. or at 5:00 p.m. in the Watauga College and Career Readiness Center.  All Orientation and Assessment sessions are free.

During the Orientation and Assessment session, students will:

  • receive important information about r Adult Basic Education classes,
  • take a tour of the Watauga Campus, and
  • take placement tests in reading, math, and language.

After completing an Orientation and Assessment class, students meet with an advisor and will receive placement test results (scores), discuss educational goals, select a class site and schedule, and ask any questions they may have.

After meeting with an advisor, students may begin class.  The instructor will meet individually with each student on the first day of class to orient him/her to the new class.