Adult Basic Education (ABE) and GED® Test Preparation classes are designed for adults, 16 years old or older, who wish to learn or improve basic skills.   English as a Second Language (ESOL) is also offered to students who are 18 years old or older.

Classes include reading, writing, math, science, social studies, employability skills, health, consumer education, cultural awareness, citizenship, family reading/parenting, and basic computer skills.
Classes are open-entry, open-exit and are held at convenient locations throughout the county including work sites, churches, schools, and neighborhood centers. Computer assisted instruction is available.  Online GED preparation is also available.

Adult General Education incorporates areas of focus included in Florida’s Next Generation PreK-20 education strategic plan, as well as, the reading and math/science initiatives of the Department of Education.

Anyone interested in having an ABE or GED® Test Preparation class in their neighborhood or business should call the Adult Education office at 941.209.6800 x 2241.

 

Admission Requirements for ABE, GED®, ESL

Age Requirement: All students in Adult Education must be 16 years old or older and not currently enrolled in a high school.

Placement: Placement in ABE & GED® Test Preparation classes is based on performance on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Those students who score lower than a 9.0 grade level on the TABE are usually placed in Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses; those students with scores 9.0 and above are placed in GED® Test Preparation courses.

For Testing Schedules call 941.751.7900 (Main Campus) |  941.752.8100 (East Campus) |  941.209.6800 (West Campus) or 941.845.2092 x 2000 (North Campus).

 

Manatee Tech Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center offers individualized tutoring in basic math and language skills, at no cost, to students enrolled at Manatee Tech in Bradenton, FL. The students are enrolled in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages,) ABE or GED® Test Preparation. Sessions are customized to meet the needs of each student and are typically held once a week for one hour.


For Information about Adult General Education Programs, please call 941.209.6800 x 2193

Locations

West Campus
ABE, ESL, GED®
5505 34th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34210
Online classes also available

North Campus
ABE, ESL, GED®
801 9th St. W., Palmetto, FL 34221

Satellite Locations
Harlee Middle School
ABE/GED®/ESL

Manatee County Central Library
ABE/GED®

Orange Ridge Bullock Elementary School
ABE/GED®/ESL (Childcare Provided)

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL classes are available to adults 18 years old or older who are not currently enrolled in another school. Students learn English at their own pace. Courses include English language studies, civics, consumer education, cultural awareness, family reading/parenting, career planning and personal development. Orientation classes are provided for new ESL students. Students may enroll at the site of their choice. Classes are held at convenient locations throughout the county including churches, schools, and neighborhood centers.

Campus Location Day Classes Night Classes
West Campus Adult Education Center Mon–Fri, 8:30am-2pm Mon – Thurs, 6pm-8:30pm
North Campus Mon-Fri, 8:30am-2pm Mon & Wed, 6pm-8:30pm
Harllee Middle School Mon & Wed, 6pm-8:30pm
Orange Ridge Bullock Elementary Tues & Thurs, 5:30pm-8pm
Prine Elementary Tues & Thurs, 5:30pm-8pm
Miller Elementary Mon & Wed, 6pm – 8:30pm

           

 

 

 

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GED® Test Preparation

GED® Test Preparation classes are designed for adults, 16 years old or older, who are not enrolled in high school and who wish to pass the GED test. A variety of instructional methods gives adults great flexibility in preparing for this high school equivalency exam.  Adults may choose from online classes or computer-lab or traditional teacher-taught classes. Our counselors will help you decide at Manatee Tech and convenient locations throughout the county. Registration is ongoing.

Campus Location Day Classes Night Classes
West Campus Adult Education Center Mon–Fri, 8:30am-2pm Mon – Thurs, 6pm-8:30pm
North Campus Mon-Fri, 8:30am-2pm Mon & Wed, 6pm-8:30pm
Manatee County Central Library Wed, 5pm-7:30pm
Harllee Middle School* Mon & Wed, 2.5 hours**
Orange Ridge Bullock Elementary* Tues & Thurs, 2.5 hours**
Prine Elementary Tues & Thurs, 2.5 hours**
Southeast High School Mon & Wed, 2.5 hours**

*Childcare provided                  **Please call 941.209.6800 x 2200 for a class schedule.

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Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education, (ABE) is designed for anyone who wishes to learn or improve basic skills. Classes include reading, writing, math, science, social studies, workplace skills, health, consumer education, family reading/parenting and basic computer skills. Classes are held at Manatee Tech and convenient locations throughout the county. Computer assisted instruction is available through the GED® level. Registration is ongoing.  For more information, please call 209-6800, ext. 2200.

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