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Adult Basic Education

adults taking english language course

South Suburban Adult Basic Education's (SSABE) mission is to provide adults in the TriDistrict Area of Northern Dakota County with educational opportunities to acquire and improve their literacy skills necessary to become self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members, and citizens. All classes are FREE. Classes are offered during the day and evening.

South Suburban Adult Basic Education Course Descriptions

General Education Degree (GED)

Adult learners are prepared for next steps based upon their goals when entering the program. Learners are tested to determine levels of readiness and are guided towards their goals which may include, but are not limited to, obtaining a GED credential, entering college and training programs, securing a job and career advancement. Learners work closely with their teacher to complete the necessary steps to achieve their goal. 

ELL Levels Preliteracy - 6

Learners are placed in the appropriate class level according to their goals and skill levels. In each class, teachers offer students a variety of learning activities and experiences to enhance their literacy, writing, speaking, and listening skills based on life skills, civics, and work related content. 

ELL On-line Conversation Class

Classes are leveled and meet twice a week. Students participate in large and small group conversations, work on their pronunciation, and gain confidence.

TEAS (Tests of Essential Academic Skills) VI Preparation

We offer classes in collaboration with Inver Hills Community College to provide pre-nursing students with skill-building opportunities in the areas of reading comprehension, math, language usage, science and testing practice and preparation. Fall/ Winter Spring sessions

Volunteer at ABE

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in the lives of our students. Volunteers not only serve, but expand possibilities. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with both the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program and the English Language Learning (ELL) program. Days and times are very flexible.

To become a volunteer you must complete the Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) course in ABE or ELL. MLC phone number is (651) 645-2277 or online at Once you receive your certificate from MLC, you will need to fill out the following forms and return them to the ABE Office: