ABLE Program To Hold Open House

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The Adult Basic & Literacy Education (ABLE) program at Washington State Community College will hold an open house for potential students, interested community members, and referring agencies.

The orientation will present information on the three ABLE programs: GED, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE).

The GED class is for students that lack a high school diploma. ABLE Instructor Julie Stoffel says it is a self-paced class and helps prepare students for taking their GED.

ESOL teaches non-native speakers how to read, write, listen, and speak in American English. "We put a focus on national and local culture," says Stoffel. "Students also can study for the US Citizenship test."

ABE is for people that have either a high school diploma or GED, but need to brush up on academics in order to get a job, keep the job they have, or enter secondary education. "We also partner the ABE with the Bridges to College Success program," explains Stoffel.

Karen Peters, coordinator of Adult & Lifelong Learning, will be on-hand to discuss Washington State's Bridges to College Success. Incoming students who need remediation in at least two subject areas – math, reading, or language – can take free classes through Bridges, to help improve their COMPASS score. Participants are also enrolled in a free, one-credit hour success placement class through Washington State.

The ABLE Open House will be held Thursday, Dec. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room B204, located in the second floor Business Wing in the Main Building. No pre-registration required.

To contact Julie Stoffel to learn more about ABLE, call her at 740.568.1960 or email

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