English Language Learner
About the ABE & HSE Programs
Starting college or a career can be intimidating, especially when students lack confidence in basic skills such as math, reading, computing and study skills. Pre-College Studies offers programs for students at various levels to help them gain the basic skills they need to succeed in college, in their careers and at home.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
The ABE program is designed for adult students who test below a ninth grade level in math or reading. After completing the orientation sessions, students may immediately begin attending the ABE lab. The ABE program will build skills in reading, writing, speaking, problem-solving, and computation to help adults function in society, on a job or in the family. ABE instruction is free for all students. Upon completion of the ABE program, students are encouraged to enroll in the HSE program.
High School Equivalency (HSE, formerly the GED)
The HSE program is designed for adult students who test above a ninth grade level in math and reading but have not obtained a high school diploma. The HSE program will prepare students to successfully pass an approved High School Equivalency Assessment (HSEA). Passing the HSE test will allow adult students to be awarded a North Carolina Equivalency Diploma, which is nationally recognized as equivalent to a traditional high school diploma. The HSE program covers social studies, science, literature, mathematics, and writing skills. Instruction is free to all students. However, there is a testing fee to cover the costs of the HSEA.
High School Equivalency Online
The HSE Online program is for students who are interested in obtaining their High School Equivalency Diploma, but have to many conflicts with their schedule to attend seated classes. The HSE Online Program covers social studies, science, literature, mathematics, and writing skills. Instruction is free to all students, and is available 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week. However, there is a testing fee to cover the costs of the High School Equivalence Assessment, (GED, TASC, or HiSet). You must have an internet connection, and a laptop or PC to qualify for the online program.
- Incoming students must be at least eighteen (18) years old.
- Minors, ages 16 and 17, may enroll after receiving the dean’s approval. A Pre-College Studies minor application must be completed before registering for classes.
Identification & Supplies
You will need to bring the following items:
- Picture ID with birth date
- Your Social Security Number (the actual card is not required)
- Pen & pencil
- Notebook or paper for taking notes
To sign up, complete the online registration form for Pre-College Studies Registration.