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Title: Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education
Pat Thomas SW ABE Program Manager pthomas_at_starpoin (507) 537-7046
ABE Changing in response to the needs of
todays workforce
ABE Learner Eligibility
  • Adult Basic Education provides services or
    instruction below the postsecondary level for
  • A) Who are at least 16 years old
  • B) Who are not enrolled in secondary school
  • C) Who qualify under one or more of the
  • a. Lack mastery of basic educational skills
  • b. Do not have a high school diploma or
    its equivalent
  • c. Are unable to speak, read or write the
  • language

Programs in ABE
  • GED
  • High School diploma
  • Reading Comprehension Fluency
  • Citizenship
  • Basic math and computation skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Assessment testing
  • Family Literacy

Sample ABE Learner Goals
  • Attain employment and/or better their current
  • Achieve high school equivalency (GED or H.S.
  • Attain skills necessary to enter post-secondary
    education and training
  • Exit public welfare and become self-sufficient
  • Learn to speak and write the English Language
  • Master basic academic skills to help their
    children succeed in school
  • Become U.S. citizens and participate in
    democratic society
  • Gain self-esteem, personal confidence and sense
    of personal and civic responsibility

Why focus on Workforce Education?
2005 Skills Gap Report
  • In addition to shortages of various types of
    employees, manufacturers surveyed reported they
    are also dissatisfied with the skills of their
    current employees.  Among respondents to this
    national survey, nearly half indicated their
    current employees have inadequate basic
    employability skills, such as attendance,
    timeliness and work ethic while 46 reported
    inadequate problem solving skills among employees
    and 36 indicated insufficient reading, writing
    and communications skills.
  • Full report is available at

  • 40 Of the people in the United States lack the
    basic skills necessary to obtain or retain
  • 42 of Welfare to Work (MFIP) caseloads do not
    have a high school degree or equivalent (DHS TANF
  • 12 of Minnesotans over 25 years old lack a high
    school degree or its equivalency. The average
    high school graduate earns 7,000 more than a
    high school dropout. (2000 Census)
  • Major MN employers report large costs to train
    and retrain employees whose lack of basic skills
    or ability to speak English are liabilities to
    the profit line. (MN Bus. Partnership.)
  • 36 of job applicants tested by major U.S. firms
    in 1998 lacked the reading and math skills to do
    the job they sought. (Amer. Mgt. Assoc.)

ABE Serves
Did you know
  • That over 75,000 individuals participate annually
    to upgrade their basic academic skills such as
    reading, writing, mathematics and English?
  • Over 4,000 individuals are referred to ABE
    classes each year by employers?
  • We serve adults with virtually no skills in
    English or math and have the ability to stay with
    them and teach them until they reach a 12th-grade
  • Were able to come to the workplace to offer
    short-term classes OR were able to host classes
    at local ABE classrooms?

ABE Workforce Education Goals
  • To Provide quality workforce education training
  • To provide quality curriculum development
  • To establish an appropriate array of
  • recommended on-site assessments
  • To develop and identify model programs and
  • best practices
  • To collaborate with other government/private
  • initiatives to share information and avoid
  • duplication of services

What can we offer to businesses?
  • A Workforce Education coordinator
  • Experienced and licensed instructors
  • Full pre-assessment of learners and site
  • Full post-assessments of learners goals and
  • Customized curriculum and training
  • Quality English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Flexibility
  • Workforce Education Program plan including
    training agreement, schedules, curriculum summary
    and goals and objectives
  • Final report, written assessment of learners
    progress and future recommendations.

What does a typical Workforce Education Program
look like?
  • There is no typical Workforce Education Program.
    Each of our programs is uniquely tailored to the
    needs and specifications of the business.
  • This includes identifying and teaching the basic
    skills the employer wishes to reinforce in the
    workplace. Examples include teacher and/or
    improving English skills, math skills for retail,
    or identifying and discussing cultural
    differences that may be interfering with
    expectations and communication.

How are individual business needs met?
  • ABE is experienced in creating specialized
  • State-wide pool of information and experience
  • We provide a customized curriculum that is
    intensive, well-paced and benefits the employees
    both professionally and personally.
  • We understand that productivity is hinged on an
    employees ability to communicate with their
    supervisor and co-workers effectively.

Are we going to steal your clients?
  • MN Policies Regarding Workforce Education in ABE
  • Workforce Education may include any of the
    basic skills curricula associated with typical
    ABE programs (GED, Basic Skills Brush-up, ESL,
    Family Literacy, Civics/Citizenship), and the
    content level of the curricula must not extend
    beyond the high school level. Technical and
    vocational credit-based content that is normally
    associated with a postsecondary institution is
    not acceptable content for using ABE funds.

Why does it pay?
  • Ability to subcontract ABE services
  • Potential to reduce your costs
  • Potential to make money off of ABE services
  • ABE generates future funding
  • Expansion of clientele
  • ESL instruction
  • Basic Computer Training
  • On-site instruction
  • Cost savings
  • Limiting business contacts by ABE


READING SKILLS STORIES The goal of this project
is to build fluency and comprehension skills in
adult readers through the use of relevant
readings specific to an adult audience.  The
focus of these reading selections will be on
topics such us  Civics, Employment, Housing,
Health, School, Money, and Government.  This
project is funded in part through an EL/Civics
Grant from the MN Dept. of Ed - ABE Division. 
Your comments, questions and feedback are
invited.  Click on the Feedback link at the
bottom of the page.
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