Adult Basic Skills

The Adult Basic Skills (ABS) Program provides FREE academic instruction for adults, ages 18 and older, to be able to:

  • -Earn a high school equivalency through GED® or HiSET® testing
  • -Improve or learn basic reading, writing and math skills
  • -Learn English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • -Gain skills needed for college or job entry
  • -Make a difference in your child’s education



For information about ABS classes, please call the local ABS Office:



Adult Basic Education (ABE) Levels 1 and 2 (Click here for Class Schedule):

  • FREE instruction is provided in basic reading, writing and math (Pre-reading skills through pre-GED® skills) to prepare you for high school level work.
  • For more information about ABE classes, please call the local ABS office (see above).
  • Minors, age 16-17, may enroll if entrance criteria is met.

Family Literacy - Adults and Children in Education (ACE)
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  • FREE instruction is provided to parents or guardians who have a child five (5) years old and younger (age of child may be adjusted based on enrollment).  
  • Skills are taught to help parents:
    - earn a high school equivalency diploma
    - be able to foster their child's educational success
     - become college or career ready
  • For information about ACE classes, contact Debra Harlow at (336) 322-2157 or email at

Basic Skills Plus (BS+) (Click here for Class Schedule)

  • Basic Skills Plus (BS+) allows students enrolled in high school equivalency instruction to also enroll into college courses, employability skills training and job specific occupational training at the same time.  
  • Students who meet reading and math level requirements are eligible.  
  • Graduate with high school equivalency, college credit, and occupational certification!

Pre-College Courses of Study
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  • If you have completed high school or earned a high school equivalency diploma and need a review of basic skills to qualify for college entrance, Pre-college instruction is for you.
  • FREE Service!

Other Services

  • GED® testing and HiSET®  testing: Both of these tests are a high school equivalency test for adults who did not complete high school.  Piedmont Community College’s campuses are official GED® and HiSET® test centers.
  • ABS Online Instruction:  Students who cannot meet a class schedule and are able to work independently may study online.  Instruction is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Registration Information

  • Provide a current, government-issued photo ID or driver's license
  • Social security number or tax identification number
  • Schedule an Intake & Placement Test session with the ABS Office


Minors (Ages 16-17)

Minors, ages 16-17, are eligible to enroll in classes and participate in GED® testing or HiSET® testing if they meet the enrollment criteria as follows:

  1. The student’s previous school completes an Alternative Education Referral form. The form must be signed by the high school principal. If the minor has been out of school for less than six (6) months, the Superintendent of that public school system must also sign the referral form.
  2. Once the Adult Basic Skills office receives the referral form, an appointment is set for the minor to attend the required orientation. Parent or a legal guardian must also attend the first hour of the orientation session. The parent or legal guardian must complete and have notarized a Guardian Release form. PCC offers free notary services for this form.

    Call or email the contact person above if you need assistance.

Enrollment into Adult Basic Skills to prepare for HiSET® or GED® testing requires:

  1. Students must have a valid, government-issued photo ID and a social security number in order to participate in orientation and the program.
  2. Students without a social security number may provide their US Tax ID number.