Adult Basic Skills (College and Career Readiness)

The Adult Basic Skills (ABS), a Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, Title II, funded program, provides FREE instruction for adults, ages 18 and older, in order for adults to become college or career ready. Through these classes, adults may:

  • Prepare for high school equivalency tests through GED® or HiSET® testing
  • Improve or learn reading, writing and math skills
  • Learn English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Gain skills needed for college or job entry
  • Gain skills needed to help your with your child's education
  • Attend a traditional class or hybrid online class.




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


Adult Basic Education (ABE) (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.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

  • High school equivalency test prep for HiSET® and GED® tests.
  • Addresses Language Arts, Reading & Writing, Math Social Studies, & Science.
  • Provides Career Ready™ access to prepare for Work Keys® testing.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Provides instruction in reading, writing and speaking English to foreign born adults.

Basic Skills Plus (BS+)

  • Basic Skills Plus (BS+) allows students enrolled in high school equivalency instruction to also enroll at the same time into career pathway courses (college courses, employability skills training, specific occupational training.) College courses are free to BS+ students while also attending ABS classes.
  • Students who meet reading and math level requirements are eligible.  
  • Graduate with high school equivalency, college credit, and occupational certification!
  • Tuition waiver for college and/or occupational courses on limited basis.

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. A NC Community College System High School Equivalency Diploma is awarded when the student passes either HiSET® or GED® tests. Piedmont Community College’s campuses are official GED® and HiSET® test centers.
  • ABS Hybrid/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. Students are required to meet once per month with their instructor face-to-face.

Registration Information

  • Provide a current, government-issued photo ID or driver's license
  • Social security number or tax identification number
  • Schedule and attend an Orientation to Outcomes (O2O) class. O2O classes meet for three-four hours for two days or two nights.

Minors (Ages 16-17)

Minors, ages 16-17, are eligible to enroll in ABS 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 ABS Referral form. The form must be signed by the high school superintendent and the minor has been out of school for less than six (6) months.
  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.