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Adult Education and Literacy

Northeast Iowa Community College’s Adult Education and Literacy program offers classes to any adult, age 16 or older, who is not enrolled or required to be enrolled in school. The classes provide basic skills instruction in math, reading, writing and listening. The classes are ongoing, so a person may enroll at any time during the year.

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) teaches skills necessary for daily life, consumer needs, and workforce development.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) helps people with limited English skills to improve in listening, reading, speaking and writing for their daily life and work in the United States.

  • Brush-Up offers current or prospective college students a review of high-school level skills.

  • The Adult Secondary Education (ASE) program allows individuals who did not finish high school to receive a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) from the State of Iowa.  The diploma shows that an individual has a level of educational development similar to a high-school graduate. The five HiSET tests are available in English, Spanish, French, large print and audio formats, and testing centers are located at the Calmar and Peosta campuses and at the Dubuque Center. Since most employment and training opportunities require a high school diploma or its equivalent as the minimum educational standard, this program is beneficial to individuals working to achieve workforce or academic goals. 

HiSET preparation and Brush-Up instruction is individualized, so those interested can come as their schedule allows and work at their own pace anytime the instruction is offered. Most ABE and all ESOL offerings have regular class times.