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Adult Education and Transitional Studies

Adult Basic Education

Spokane Community College has many programs to help adults get ahead, including completing a high school diploma through our High School+ Program, GED Preparation classes, English language classes, and short-term Job training programs. Classes may be offered in-person, in a hybrid format (part in-person and part online), or all online. To be eligible for Adult Basic Education classes, students must be 18 or older or released from their high school. Running start and students on non-immigrant visas such as F or J are not eligible for Adult Basic Education classes. 

All ABE courses are non-credit with a flat tuition rate of $25 per quarter.

For more information, call 509-533-7221.

Career Transitions

Career Transitions is a six-week program for people who are looking into college or career opportunities. Core components of the program include MS Office applications, Business Writing, Business Math, and other technology-based programs. Once a student has completed the Career Transitions program, they will have increased their employability skills and will be on track to continue their education or be more competitive in the job market.

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College Prep

The Adult Basic Education Division offers skill-building courses in math and English to help people with a high school credential prepare for college. Students can take both math and English or just focus on one skill. Students have the additional choice of taking a College Success course and receive college credit for this class. 

Academic English (non-credit): 

English for Technical Programs – AE 57 Pre-College English I: This class will prepare you for writing and reading in professional and technical programs (e.g. Welding, Cosmetology, etc.) 

Academic English – AE 67 Pre-College English II: This class will prepare you for success in ENGL& 101 and other writing intensive courses (e.g. Communications, Psychology, History, etc.).

Math Preparation (non-credit):  

Math Literacy Pathway – AE 48 Math Fundamentals: This class will prepare you for MATH 87.

STEM and Business Pathway – AE 68 Algebra Foundations: This class will prepare you for MATH 71.

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Correctional Education Programs

Classes operate at the Airway Heights Correction Center. A grant from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) enables the college to provide educational services for the Washington State Department of Corrections. The classes offered at Airway Heights Correction Center include Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Vocational/Technical Education programs to include CNC Machining, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Carpentry, and Business.

For more information, call 509-244-6897.

Digital Literacy Bootcamp

The Digital Literacy Bootcamp introduces students (both credit and non-credit) to the skills necessary to begin online learning and improve workplace employability skills. Specifically, students will learn how to use technology to access class materials on the school’s learning management software, participate in remote classroom meetings, and interact efficiently with instructors and other students to get the most out of the resources available.

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English As a Second Language (ESL)

SCC’s ESL Program provides English language instruction for non-native English speakers who are immigrants and refugees. There are six levels of instruction from beginner to pre-college level. There are two tracks of instruction, an Academic Track and a Community and Career Track. The academic track offers classes in Reading & Speaking, and Listening & Writing which are designed to prepare students for further study, or employment. The Community and Career Track is made up of open-enrollment classes which focus on survival English, and community-based topics such as healthcare, education, and civics.

The ESL Program also offers a digital literacy course which students can take in addition to other classes or by itself. 

Students wishing to enroll in ESL must complete an in person orientation at one of our instructional sites, before class assignments can be made.

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The GED® (General Educational Development) is an option for adults without a high school credential. Earning a GED® requires passing four separate tests, Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning through Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. The Adult Basic Education Division offers classes to help prepare to pass each GED® test. You must be at least 16 years old. If you are between the ages of 16 and 18 you need to get a high school state release/approval to test from the school district you currently live in.

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High School +

The High School+ (HS+) program is for adults 18 years old and older who do not have a high school diploma and whose graduation cohort has graduated. The HS+ program combines credit for previous experience, competency-based options, and coursework. HS+ is designed to recognize the knowledge, skills, and abilities that adults have gained from life, work, and academic experience. Students follow a customized educational plan and advance as they meet the required competencies. HS+ gives adults the opportunity to earn a diploma so they can move forward with their educational and career goals. 

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High School Diploma

An individual enrolled in the Running Start Program who satisfactorily completes an associate degree, including an associate in arts degree, associate in science degree, or associate in applied science degree, shall be awarded a high school diploma from the college upon written request.

In addition to Running Start students, an individual, twenty-one years or older, who enrolls in the college for the purpose of obtaining an associate degree and who satisfactorily completes an associate degree, including an associate in arts degree, associate in science degree, or associate in applied science degree, shall be awarded a high school diploma from the college upon submission of a High School degree application and payment of an application fee.

In compliance with RCW 28B.50.535 and 2007c 355 s2, a student must have been awarded a degree by either SCC or SFCC to petition for a Community Colleges of Spokane high school diploma.

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PACE Services

PACE Services (People Accessing Careers and Education) is a program at Spokane Community College that provides non-credit classes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to develop skills for employment or further education. Classes are held at the SCC campus.

PACE courses cover a variety of topics, including Career Preparation, Communication, English, Health and Wellness, Humanities, Life Skills, and STEM (Science, Technology and Math). Classes focus on covering basic concepts and are adapted to meet student’s educational needs. Students work toward earning their PACE Certificate by completing 90 course hours in four core areas: Critical Thinking, Leadership, Workplace Readiness, and Digital Literacy. A student taking a full-time courseload (15 hours) can earn their PACE Certificate in approximately 2 years, or 6 academic quarters.

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High School Transition: PACE partners with local high schools to provide a Running Start-like experience for students still enrolled in the K-12 system. Students aged 18-21 who are interested in this opportunity must have approval from their high school to participate.

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Skilled Trades Preparation

Skilled Trades Preparation (STP) is a one-quarter program to help introduce students to apprenticeship opportunities within the construction trades area. The program includes introductory hands-on construction skills, construction math, introduction to between 15-20 apprenticeship programs, First Aid, Flagging, OSHA 10 Construction Safety, and Scaffolding Introduction. STP is a recognized apprenticeship preparation by the Washington State Apprenticeship & Training Council.

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