Iḷisaġvik College Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education

ABE/GED Program

What We Do

The Iḷisaġvik College ABE/GED/ESL Program serves the community members of the North Slope who do not have a high school diploma, who have not passed the State Qualifying Exam, who need skills assessments to further their employment and those who just want to brush up on their skills.  This Program also administers the “BEST” test for ESL (English as a Second Language) students, and administers Language Arts instruction via both Rosetta Stone and small group instruction.


Currently there many jobs listed with the State that will need to be filled.  Most North Slope employers will not hire applicants without a high school diploma or a GED diploma. There will be jobs available at the new hospital, preliminary work on the gas pipeline for the North Slope Borough and many other opportunities are and will be available on the North Slope. A GED or high school diploma will also facilitate advancement to an AA degree or skill certification through Iḷisaġvik College and on to a four-year college or University to complete your Bachelor’s degree and beyond.


The ABE/GED Program is located in Hut 60, Iḷisaġvik College facility.

Success Stories

Some graduates from the GED Program have gone on to excel at Iḷisaġvik College and others have gone on to University of Alaska or other colleges, universities and trade schools. Iḷisaġvik College is one North Slope employer who hires GED graduates. Some of the graduates hold responsible positions in Barrow, and others have administrative jobs in the villages. Regardless of the job, earning a GED or a high school diploma is a step forward for the student and the community!

Other Services

The Savaat Center regularly holds Job Clubs wherein North Slope employers come in and meet potential employees. The ABE/GED Program participates in Job Clubs by teaching people how to apply for jobs, maintain jobs, and move up to higher positions within those jobs.


The ABE/GED Program does not presently charge residents of the North Slope.  However, the GED test format will change significantly in 2014 and there will be costs associated with that change.

How to Earn Your GED Degree


After the preliminary phone call or initial visit, a registration form is completed.  After registration, a computer test is required to establish the students’ levels of competency in math and literacy.  Students are then appropriately instructed and given five tests which are READING, WRITING, MATH, SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES at various times during the learning process.   When the five tests are passed, the Director will order the high school equivalency diploma from the Department of Labor, State of Alaska.  All students who pass the GED tests are eligible to walk with a cap and gown at the April Iḷisaġvik College graduation ceremony.


Currently, the ABE/GED Program is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday through Friday.


For information, please call (907) 852-1742 or (907)-367-4223

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