Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program provides educational opportunities for individuals wishing to learn reading, writing and mathematics, or for individuals wishing to remediate basic skills in preparation for earning a General Education Development (GED) diploma.

Areas of Study

Adult Basic Education: Innovative, non-graded, planned, self-paced individualized instruction designed to develop basic skills in reading, writing, mathematics and the English language.

Admissions

Students must be 16 years of age or older and formally withdrawn from a regular high school program. New students will be evaluated in basic skills - reading, mathematics and language - in order to determine proper educational placement in classes.

Average Program Length


The length of the program depends on the functioning level of the students, determined by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and the student’s motivation. Therefore, the length of each of the above programs varies with each student. 

Adult High School Credit Program

This program offers an alternative for students who wish to earn high school credits for a high school diploma. Each student follows an individualized, self-paced instruction guide for each course of credit. Credit is awarded upon successful completion of course requirements and the successful passing of a final assessment for each course.

Admissions

Anyone 16 years of age or older not currently enrolled as regular daytime high school student may enroll in the High School Credit program. Guidance counselors evaluate the student’s high school transcript and recommend courses based on the student’s level of attainment in high school and his/her personal goals.

High School Credit Courses for Concurrently Enrolled Students

Student’s enrolled in a secondary program may earn up to 2 semester high school credits per year, approved by District School Board policy through the adult education program, which may be applied to high school graduation requirements. Only failed core academic high school courses listed in the Pasco County Course Code Directory and approved as adult education concurrently enrolled courses may be taken for credit. Concurrently enrolled students must successfully complete all requirements of the approved courses and receive a passing grade within the semester timeline, to earn credit through education must attend class for a minimum of 50 clock hours for each semester credit.

Online High School Credit Courses for Adult Enrolled Students

Adult students seeking standard high school diplomas have access to the following Pasco Adult Education Online credit courses: English 1, English II, English III, English IV, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Liberal Arts Math, American Government, Economics, World History, American History, Biology, Earth/Space Science, Integrated Science, Marine Science, Spanish I, Introduction to Information Technology, Web Design I and Life Management. These web-based courses utilize the same high quality curriculum developed by the Florida Virtual School, but have been re purposed to better meet the needs of concurrent or adult students. All Pasco Adult Education Online Courses cover the same standards and carry the same weight as the respective courses offered in the traditional high school setting, but must be taken outside the regular school day. Even though enrollment in Pasco Adult Education Online courses is on-going throughout each term, it is recommended that enrollment follows the school-based co-enrolled calendar as closely as possible to ensure credit completion by the end of each term. All courses are taught by certified District School Board of Pasco County teachers. Registration for Pasco’s Adult Education Online courses follows the same procedure as other adult education courses.

GED Preparation and High School Completion

The GED program provides educational opportunities for individuals wishing to improve basic skills in preparation for earning a General Educational Development Diploma (GED).

GED Preparation

Individualized and self-paced instruction allows students to proceed at their own rates of learning. Content includes reviews in English, mathematics, writing, social studies, science, literature and the arts.

Graduation/Diploma


Students successfully completing the GED preparation program may apply to take the General Educational Development examination. Those successfully completing the examination are awarded a State of Florida high school diploma which is recognized nationally as the equivalent to a high school diploma.

For more information about the GED program, test dates and locations, contact the adult education guidance counselor at James Irvin Education Center (352/524-5700) or Marchman Technical College (727/774-1719).

Online General Education Development

Preparation Program

GED Online is an Internet-based interactive course designed to prepare participants for the GED Examination. This online course provides students with the opportunity to learn anytime, any place, and at any pace from the convenience of a computer. This unique learning experience allows instructors to communicate regularly via email and telephone to provide individualized instruction and accommodate the diverse learning styles of the learners.

 

Course subject areas include:

Language Arts Writing
Social Studies
Science
Language Arts Reading
Mathematics

Distance learning courses such as GED Online are highly successful for people who find it difficult to meet at a particular location on a regular basis because of various obligations. Participants in this course will find the freedom of scheduling to be of value. Please be advised that a distance learning course requires as much time on the Internet as a face to face course.

Requirements/Qualifications

The student must have access to a computer and printer with at least 64MB RAM, 4XCD ROM (8X recommended), 28.8 Baud Modem and internet access through a service provider with Netscape 4.75 or 4.78 or Internet Explorer 5.0 or 5.5.

In addition to the specific computer requirements, the student must have completed he Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and scored at least a 9th grade level on the reading section of the test, and be enrolled as a current Pasco County adult education student.

For further details and registration procedures concerning Pasco County’s Online GED program, contact the adult education guidance counselor at James Irvin Education Center (352/524-5700) or Marchman Technical College (727/774-1719).

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

This open entry program is designed for adults whose first language is not English and who need to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Most students attend classes to learn one of the following skills:

Survival skills
/Personal enrichment/functional literacy skills/
Pre-vocational skills
/Citizenship skills

Areas of Study

Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced: Progressive levels of grammar structure, reading, writing, listening, speaking and living skills are taught to help the non-English speaker adjust to American life and prepare the student to enter the job market or continue his/her education.

Admissions


Students must be 16 years of age or older and formally withdrawn from a regular high school program. New students will be evaluated in basic skills - reading, mathematics and language - in order to determine proper educational placement in classes.

Students are encouraged to enroll in other academic and vocational classes upon completion of ESOL classes.