Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

ABSE offers instruction in the following subjects in all of our learning tracks:

Mathematics - Courses in basic math skills cover a full spectrum of mathematics in every level. Topics include whole number operations, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, proportions, measurement, data analysis, metric units, square roots, exponents, introductory geometry and algebra.

Writing - Courses in English grammar will help students develop basic writing skills for use in employment or higher education. Sentence structure, organization of paragraphs, and essay writing skills will be covered.

Reading Improvement - Courses in basic reading comprehension introduce the student to critical thinking and analysis of written text. Topics include: making predictions, finding the main idea, drawing inferences, vocabulary development, identifying organizational patterns such as cause and effect, distinguishing fact from opinion, reading charts and diagrams.

Employability - Courses include basic computer, reading, writing, and math skills for work. Workshops are offered on employment-related topics. For a list of employment training courses, please see our page, Looking for Work.

Student Success – In addition to Core College classes in reading/writing and mathematics to prepare you for college-level work, we offer a special course to prepare you for success as a college student: Everything You Want to Know About College Before You Start.


Basic Skills

Fundamentals classes are for adult learners who need to learn or re-learn basic reading, writing and math skills in order to meet work, educational, or employment goals.

Supported Adult Basic Education provides classes in applied academics, employment and life skills for students with developmental disabilities. For more information, please call Keren Levine at 541-463-6186.

Reading and Writing for English Language Learners classes provide instruction in reading and writing for non-native English speakers.

Basic Skills for Work - The Skills Center at the Workforce Network provides classes for students looking for a job, changing careers, or entering further training for college. Classes include basic computer skills, reading, writing, and math skills for work, GED preparation, and workshops on employment related topics. For more information call (541) 682-7200.

Citizenship classes are offered by the Continuing Education department. You can sign up by entering "Citizenship" in the Class Search link after choosing the term you want to attend, or call (541) 463-5252 for information

Math I-II introduce and work with the concepts of fractions, decimals, percents, ratio & proportion, measurement, geometry, data analysis, and algebra using a problem-solving approach, worksheets, and computer tutorials.


GED Preparation

Math III-IV builds upon knowledge of fractions, decimals, percents, ratio & proportion, measurement, geometry, data analysis, and algebra using a problem-solving approach, worksheets, and computer tutorials.

GED Reading builds comprehension skills in reading for science, social science and literature.

GED Writing covers the organization of content, vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.


College Preparation Courses

Core College courses offers structured classes in reading, writing and/or math that focus on preparing college bound students for successful college placement testing. 

Everything You Want to know About College Before You Start is a noncredit, pre-college admission class that will help those exploring college develop knowledge about starting classes, identify key campus resources, understand important college systems and operations, and develop strategies for succeeding academically. This is a term-long course.


For more information

Contact the Adult Basic and Secondary Education office at (541) 463-5214. We are open Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.