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Adult Education (ABE)

South Suburban Adult 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, evening, and online.

South Suburban Adult Education (ABE) Course Descriptions

ELL Online Civics/Citizenship prep 

This free class helps non-native speakers prepare for the citizenship process. Areas include: developing English language skills, civic content knowledge, learning about the N-400 form, and the citizenship interview.

ELL Levels

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.

GED/Academic Skills

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. 

Healthcare Career/TEAS Test Prep

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.

This course benefits individuals preparing for jobs or careers as:

  • Nurses
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Phlebotomists
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Medical Lab Technicians
  • Other Health Science Careers

Work/Career Readiness Skills


Online GED

College Entrance Placement Test Prep

Northstar Digital Literacy

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 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: