College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness

The College and Career Readiness section provides leadership, oversight, professional development and policy guidance to local community colleges and community-based organizations regarding literacy education.  These literacy education programs include Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Secondary Education (ASE).

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Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a program of instruction designed for adults who function below the high school level.  Instruction is offered in reading, writing, math, and English.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

Adult Secondary Education (ASE) Leading Text

Adult Secondary Education (ASE) is a program of instruction (9.0 grade level and above or the equivalent) designed to prepare adults for further education or transition toward skill obtainment and employment. Adult Secondary Education includes the Adult High School (AHS) Diploma program and the High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma program. 

English Language Acquistion (ELA)

Integrated English literacy and Civics Education (IEL/CE)

“Integrated English literacy and civics education” (IEL/CE) is defined as “education services provided to English language learners who are adults, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, that enables such adults to achieve competency in the English language and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in the United States. Such services shall include instruction in literacy and English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, and may include workforce training.”  This expanded program codifies what had formerly been known as the English Literacy and Civics (EL/Civics) program. The Department will be issuing further guidance on new statutory requirements that apply to the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education program under WIOA throughout program year 2015.

Community Based Organizations

Basic Skills Plus

Basic Skills Plus

The North Carolina legislature approved the Basic Skills Plus program which allows approved colleges to use up to 20% of their adult literacy funding to provide planned instruction and training for eligible students.  Basic Skills Plus is offered for students concurrently enrolled in occupational and Basic Skills courses while earning their adult high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.