At Central Minnesota-East Adult Basic Education (ABE) we help adults to become fully participating, self-sufficient members of our society. We welcome all adults, 17 or over, who are not currently enrolled in a K-12 school program.
Central MN-East Adult Basic Education serves the school districts of: Braham, Cambridge-Isanti, Mora, and Princeton. We are part of the larger Central Minnesota ABE consortium.
Mission and Values
The mission of ABE in Minnesota is to provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve the literacy skills needed to become self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members, and citizens.
Becoming a Student
GED Orientation sessions are held once per month on two separate Mondays (both sessions are required). New GED students must attend an orientation session before beginning classes.
To register for an orientation session please contact Caroline Nerhus at #763-689-6228
During this time of distance learning during COVID, you may begin the registration process by visiting this link HERE
Classes and Schedule
Adult Education/GED Classes:
Our FREE classes are for adults who wish to:
Prepare for the GED
Study for the ACCUPLACER (college entrance exam)
Improve basic literacy skills (reading, writing, and math)
Central MN-East Adult Basic Education offers two options besides the GED to obtain a high school diploma equivalency.
Credit Recovery in conjunction with Riverside Academy (Cambridge) or the Mora Alternative Learning Program (Mora).
Standard Adult Diploma (competency-based)
Criteria (not a complete list):
Reside in the Braham, Cambridge-Isanti, Mora, or Princeton school district
The ability to complete the diploma program within 12 months
Have ten or fewer credits remaining to earn a diploma
Scores into Adult Basic Education Level 4 on the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) Reading survey
To see if you qualify for either of the Adult Diploma options, please call Caroline at #763-689-6228.
You must be at least 19 years of age to take the GED test in the state of Minnesota. If you are 17 or 18 years old, you will need to apply for and obtain an age waiver from the MN Department of Education.
A learner must meet certain conditions (as described in the age waiver request form) before she/he may qualify for an age waiver, and must have a sponsoring ABE program to submit the form on his/her behalf. Please see this document for more details.
Please contact the ABE Coordinator to begin this process. #763-689-6228
Clickhereto be directed to the MN Department of Education GED website.
What you need to know about the GED® 2014
What is tested?
Each subject tests your skills and knowledge in different topics
Math - Quantitative & algebraic problem solving
Science - Life science, physical science, earth and space science
Social Studies - Civics and government, U.S. history, economics, geography and the world
Reasoning Through Language Arts - Ability to read closely, write clearly, and edit and understand written text
How do I take the test?
You may take the GED® if you are 19 years of age or older. Students who are 17 or 18 years of age must apply for an age waiver.
Students must take the test at an official PearsonVue testing center
The test is done on a computer
To find a testing center and times, first, create an account at https://ged.com/ and click on "schedule a test"
The 2014 GED test is rigorous! It is highly recommended that learners study for the test before taking their GED. Instructors will evaluate your skills and create an individualized learning plan to prepare you for the GED test. Learners can work at their own pace and have the freedom to work independently or in groups. Study materials and access to technology are provided in all classes.
Make sure you click the "present" button in the top right corner. The audio should automatically play as you advance through the slides.
Any documents referenced in the video presentation can be accessed and printed by anyone!
Individual Adult Basic Education programs do not have access to GED records or duplicate diplomas. If you need to request a transcript or records, please complete this form and send it into the Minnesota State Department of Education using one of the following methods:
What are your next steps after completing your GED?
Luckily, there are many tools to help guide you to choosing postsecondary education or a career pathway.
We suggest following these steps:
Take a career cluster interest survey. This assessment will match your interests to specific career clusters. CAREER CLUSTER SURVEY
Based on the Career Cluster that matches you, spend time exploring career pathways within that cluster. EXPLORE CAREERS
Take time to see if the career that interests you is an occupation in demand in the region in which you live. Visit the MN Employment and Economic Development website and use the "OCCUPATIONS IN DEMAND" tool. Click on the region where you live and automatically view the occupations ranked by demand, median salary, and projected growth rate.
Use the online "MN STATE SCHOOL GUIDE" or the hard copy in your ABE classroom to see which schools offer the program of study that matches your career pathway.
Make sure you talk with an admissions advisor at the MN State school to find all available grants as well as support programs like TRIO to help you transition to college!