Welcome to Adult Basic Education

  • At Central Minnesota Adult Basic Education (ABE) we help adults to become fully participating, self-sufficient members of our society. Central MN ABE is a regional partnership between 26 school districts, including St. Cloud Area School District 742. Adult learners in these communities are served at numerous learning sites during daytime and evening class hours throughout the year. Central Minnesota ABE welcomes all adults, 17 or over, who are not currently enrolled in a regular school program.

    If you or someone you know is looking to improve basic reading, writing or math skills, earn a General Education Diploma (GED), improve English language skills (ESL) or learn more about parenting, we can help. We offer a flexible schedule of classes designed to fit the lives of busy adults. Support services are also available to help learners participate in classes and programs.

    Some of these include:

    • Basic Computer Skills Classes
    • Transitions
    • Job Searches
    • Career Exploration

    Our experienced and talented staff of professionals include licensed teachers, social workers, paraprofessionals, support staff, volunteer tutors and others. We are here to support you achieve your goals. If you are at least 17 years of age and are not currently enrolled in a regular school program, please call us at 320-370-8220, or e-mail us at abe@isd742.org. Adult Basic Education is located in Quarryview Education Center, 800 S. Seventh St., Waite Park, MN  56387. Learn more about our programs and people in the 2017 Student Stories Book.

    ABE Graduation - 2019

    Students are asked to pay a one-time $20.00 fee to help cover the cost of purchasing books and other instructional materials.

    Please join us in celebrating the graduation of our Adult Basic Education diploma and GED students along with recognizing our Central Minnesota Adult Basic Education volunteers. Our recognition reception includes honoring our graduates and volunteers, speeches and refreshments. The reception and program will be held at:

    Sauk Rapids/Rice Community Arts Center
    Sauk Rapids/Rice Middle School
    901 1st St. South
    Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019
    6-7:30 p.m. 

    We would be honored to have you join us to greet and congratulate the graduating students and ABE volunteers. 

ABE Graduation - 2018