Reviewed and/or Updated on: July 31, 2018

Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL)

The purpose of WTCS Adult Basic Education is the acquisition of skills and knowledge, which prepare adult learners to:

  • Successfully enter and succeed in postsecondary certificate, technical degree or diploma programs, apprenticeship training, bachelors’ degree, and/or other postsecondary education.
  • Attain and retain meaningful and sustainable employment.
  • Effectively support literacy development and academic success within the family.
  • Become informed and productive participants in community and civic life.
  • Become self-directed and lifelong learners.
In the WTCS this academic area is divided into three basic subdivisions:
Adult Basic Education (ABE) refers to instruction at the K – 8.9 grade levels equivalent to academic courses offered by an accredited school district and that build toward the equivalent of high school enrollment. ABE instruction is also available in many correctional institutions.
For more information contact Mark Johnson, Education Director
Adult Secondary Education (ASE) refers to instruction at the 9.0 – 12.9 grade levels equivalent to academic courses and acceptable for credit toward high school completion approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). ASE includes courses designed to assist learners in pursuit of a GED or high school equivalency diploma (HSED) as well as transition in postsecondary education.  Use Aid Code 76 for Adult Secondary Education, Aid Code 77 for Developmental Education, and Aid Code 78 for Remedial Education. 
For more information contact Mark Johnson, Education Director
English Language Learning (ELL) refers to an instructional program designed to assist eligible adults who are English language learners achieve competence in reading , writing, speaking, and comprehension of the English language learners, and leads to attainment of a secondary school diploma or its equivalency, as well as transition to postsecondary education and training or employment.
For more information contact Alejandro Nunez, Education Director


AEFL Open Grant Competition Information:

2018-2019 Approved Grants


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2018-19 Approved Grants - To see a list of the 2018-19 AEFL Grant recipients, please open the pdf file and view pages 23 to 26. 04/24/18 PDF File