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Educational Opportunities for Adults

  • Hillsborough County’s Adult Education Programs include a range of instructional programs that help adults get the basic adult skills needed to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. The primary adult education program areas are Adult Basic Education (ABE), Adult General Education (GED), Adult High School Credit, Co-Enrolled Credit Recovery, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Citizenship. Adult learners enrolled in Adult High School completion courses can earn a high school diploma or equivalent by successfully gaining their high school credits and benchmarks or passing through the Standard GED® tests.~
    The Adult Education Program also offers Official GED preparation and testing.

    The purpose of adult education is to enhance a student adult general educational skills such as reading, writing, mathematics, and English language competency. The hope is to help adult learners gain the knowledge and skills necessary to enter and succeed in the workforce. Adult education is also a necessary bridge to postsecondary educational programs.

    Adult education programs are available to individuals that:

    • Are 16 years or older.
    • Are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school.
    • Do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
    • Want to learn to speak, read, and write the English language.
    • To enroll in ABE/GED or ESOL, students must take a CASAS placement Exam.