Adult Basic Education (ABE)
The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program, a community outreach of Iḷisaġvik College, offers instruction to adult learners in the foundational skills of reading, writing, and mathematics. We believe in each individual’s ability to learn and to become an active participant in the economy of the community. ABE pursues a two-fold goal: (a) to equip the adult learner with the skills and confidence to enter the workforce and/or (b) to prepare the learner for a successful transition into higher academic or vocational training.
General Educational Diploma (GED)
The General Educational Diploma (GED) is a group of five tests in the subjects of Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies, which verify high school level skills for those who successfully complete the exams. New students in both programs are first evaluated for their entry level. Next, the staff will design a personalized, individual education plan with short-term goals, based on each student’s Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) results. This way, the students and their instructor can then constructively work together towards reaching those short-term goals.
The learning environment may be one-on-one with the coach or consist of small groups. Iḷisaġvik’s ABE/GED staff welcomes the opportunity to share both academic and life skills and embraces each learner as a unique human being with the potential to both benefit from and contribute to the community of the North Slope.
The ABE program also has an ESL (English as a Second Language) component through which students may learn or improve their conversational English skills.
Iḷisaġvik recognizes the importance of lifelong learning, and that philosophy is central to the mission of ABE/GED.
ABE/GED Program Outcomes include:
- Students create a vision for their life; they set measurable, reachable short-term and long-term goals.
- Students build self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Students develop life skills that empower them to manage both personal and educational challenges.
- Students build reading, writing, math, science and social science skills that will serve as a foundation for continued growth and learning.
To register for the ABE/GED/ESL program, please contact Diana J. Perkett, Director, or Greg Shriver, Instructor, by calling 852.1741 or 852.1742. We are located in Hut 60 at the main college campus.
Jump Start, Level I and II
Jump Start introduces students to the foundational skills required for college success. Classes in study strategies, success skills, and health will help students to make wise choices necessary to stay on track and achieve their goals. English and math prepares students for the transition into 100-level courses. Jump Start Level I and Level II will be awarded upon successful completion. Jump Start is designed as a full-time learning experience as well as for part-time students who score below the cut off scores for English and math 100 level classes.
- Demonstrate ability to organize materials in a logical manner.
- Demonstrate leadership and participative skills to collaborate effectively.
- Demonstrate research skills necessary to retrieve digital and textual information.
- Demonstrate sufficient reading, oral and written English skills to be able to succeed in college-level courses.
- Demonstrate sufficient mathematical skills to be able to enter Math 105.
- Be able to apply mathematical operations including fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and basic linear equations.
- Demonstrate basic computer literacy skills.
- Demonstrate understanding of real numbers, equalities, inequalities, exponents and polynomials by solving systems of linear equations.