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Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education, or ABE classes, are offered morning, afternoon and evening to fit into your busy schedule. The classes are designed to help adult students increase the skills needed to keep up with a demanding job market and technology-driven future. Whether your goal is to complete your high school education, study for the GED, or just brush up on the basics to help out your kids with homework...we can help.

High School 21+

Washington State Adult High School Diploma (HS21+)

Adults age 21 and older, have a new, low-cost option to earn a high school diploma through a program now available at Lower Columbia College. The HS21+ program is a comprehensive, competency-based approach tailored to adult learning styles, with both day and evening classes on campus and in the community.

Students earn credit toward a high school diploma both through classroom studies and by demonstrating knowledge gained in the workplace, life experiences and military service. Previous high school and college studies also count.
LCC instructors and staff assess students’ experiences to measure any gaps in education and work readiness and then create a plan to help them complete studies needed for their diploma.

HS21+ students are eligible for the Basic Skills tuition rate of $25 per quarter for classes needed to earn a diploma. Students may begin studies at any time.

To get started, contact the Transitional Studies Department at 360.442.2580.

LCC began offering the HS21+ program in Summer 2013. Since then, over 150 students have completed studies to graduate with their high school diploma. Even better, many graduates have continued on to college studies.

GED Preparation

The GED test provides proof that you have skills equivalent to those of a high school graduate. Our ABE classes are geared toward increasing your skills in math, writing, critical reading and reading comprehension so you can prepare for the GED test.

  • Make a 2 ½ hour appraisal and scheduling appointment.
  • Attend classes and gain access to tutoring and testing resources.
  • Gain the skills and confidence to pass each part of the GED test.

Lower Columbia College is an official GED Testing Center, offering the most current version of the GED test on computer for a better testing experience. Tests are offered in the Admissions Center Testing Office. Learn more about GED Testing.