Adult Education and Transitional Studies Programs

Adult Education and Transitional Studies programs are designed to meet the employment and precollege educational needs of students 19 years or older regardless of previous educational background or ability. Courses are individualized to better serve the special needs of each student. All day and evening courses are offered on a continuous, open-enrollment basis during the year at more than 20 community sites, public schools and special institutions throughout the district.


The ACT 2 offers a wide variety of enrichment courses each quarter for those of retirement age throughout the Greater Spokane area. Senior Week, created from the Elderhostel model, also is offered during the summer. For more information, call (509) 279-6027.


Adult Basic Education offers students an opportunity to improve literacy skills through a holistic, integrated approach to reading. In reading lab classes, learners participate in group work and individualized instruction to improve word recognition, vocabulary skills and comprehension. In addition to improving literacy, the program also emphasizes necessary job skills and basic computer skills.

Adult Basic Education classes are in pre-GED and prepare students for GED coursework in the areas of mathematics, writing, reading, social studies and science. The program also focuses on improving students' potential for employment and developing computer knowledge and skills. For more information, call (509) 533-4600.


Career Transitions is a flexible, six-week career training program. Classes are scheduled from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM Monday through Friday and students have the ability to attend as much or as little as they need in order to achieve their goals. The program is aimed at students who are looking for a job and/or wishing to brush up on some of the most sought-after skills. Core components of the program include: MS Office 2010 Applications, Keyboarding, Business Writing, Business Math, QuickBooks, Lean Office Basics, Career Coaching and Educational Counseling. For more information, call (509) 279-6065.


Course components include math and writing review, computer skills, study skills, research skills, campus tours and guest speakers. Classes are offered with open enrollment in the first weeks of the quarter. This class is a must for anyone interested in brushing up on skills for entering college. For more information, call (509) 533-4600.


Classes operate at the Airway Heights Correction Center. A grant from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) enables the college to provide educational services for the Washington State Department of Corrections. The classes offered at Airway Heights Correction Center include: Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Educational Development (GED), upholstery and interactive media, basic bookkeeping, life skills, computing, and stress and anger management. For more information, call (509) 244-6897.


From beginning literacy through advanced English as a second language, the IEL offers what students need to meet Washington State's six levels of competencies.

ESL is instruction for non-native English speakers. There are six levels of instruction and they are directly tied to competencies in listening, speaking, reading, writing and observing.

Job readiness, as well as retention and advancement in the workplace, are components of all ESL instruction. Computer literacy and ESL-specific software programs are a part of all curricula.

Students wishing to enroll in ESL must complete placement testing at the Adult Education Center before class assignments can be made. Students who have documentation of high school completion, as well as clearance from the Spokane K-12 system, may attend these classes. For placement testing or more information, call (509) 533-4671.

Workplace ESL assists students in improving vocabulary and writing in the workplace and is offered through online ESL classes. For more information call (509) 533-8522.


Adults wishing to enroll in credit programs offered by community and technical colleges must have a high school diploma or GED certificate. State community colleges automatically accept students who have passed the GED exam. If you have a GED certificate, you may qualify to enroll in College Prep. College Prep is a program designed to help successfully transition students who attain a GED to college level coursework.

GED classes offer instruction to adult learners 19 years of age and older in the following areas: mathematics, science, social studies, writing skills, literature and the arts. Learners ages 16 through 18 may be admitted to the GED program if they have an Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) release from the school district where they reside.

GED certificates are issued by the OSPI and represent an alternative educational achievement. In addition, GED students may have the opportunity to receive computer basics (computer literacy and keyboard training).

Community Colleges of Spokane also offers an online GED program.

For more information, call (509) 533-4600.


Students enrolled in the IEL's High School Completion (HSC) program may earn from one to three credits to complete graduation requirements for a Washington state diploma. Students must have met current OSPI standards on state assessment tests or state approved alternatives prior to enrolling in HSC; however, the culminating project and High School and Beyond Plan are included as part of the HSC curriculum. Prior credits, military work and life experiences may be considered. Some qualifying criteria must be met prior to enrollment in the program. Students who are 17 through 18 years old will be accepted into the program only with an Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) written release from the high school of the school district where they reside. For more information, call (509) 533-4600.


As stipulated by Substitute House Bill 1758 (SHB 1758), an individual enrolled in the Running Start Program through the option established under RCW 28A.600.310 through 28A.600.400 who satisfactorily completes an associate degree, including an associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, or associate in applied science degree, shall be awarded a high school diploma from the college upon written request from the student.

In addition to Running Start students, an individual, twenty-one years or older, who enrolls in the college for the purpose of obtaining an associate degree and who satisfactorily completes an associate degree, including an associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, or associate in applied science degree, shall be awarded a high school diploma from the college upon written request from the student, as stipulated by SHB 1758. For more information, call the IEL at (509) 279-6004.


I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) is a collaborative program that allows eligible adult students to complete adult education courses, such as GED and ESL, at the same time they are enrolled in college-level technical education programs in high-demand fields such as Automotive, Medical/Legal Office, Professional Business Technology and Social Service Technician.

Individual tutoring for both GED completion and ESL is available each day, as well as an opportunity to work on homework during a regularly scheduled “Study Lab.”

Upon successful completion of the program, I-BEST graduates are eligible for entry-level specialist jobs; have new job-specific math, reading and communication skills; and may have completed or be close to completing a GED certificate or high school diploma. Students also earn college credits during the program, which can be applied to a one-year professional certificate or two-year Associate in Applied Science degree at a community college. Financial aid may be available for students who qualify. For more information, call (509) 279-6226.


PACE Services (People Accessing Careers and Education) helps adults who have cognitive, physical, sensory or psychiatric disabilities to achieve employment and ongoing education. In addition to self-referral, individuals can be referred by the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, public school districts and other programs within the community colleges. Programs are designed to help individuals gain the knowledge and skills to achieve their goals through education, resource coordination and vocational support. Classes include Job Skills, Communication Skills, Life Skills, Computer Skills, Computer Basics and Applications, Sign Language, Life Dynamics, Reading, Creative Writing and Transitions. Classes are held at SFCC, the IEL Colville Center and the IEL Lodge.

PACE is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for the following employment services: community employment for job development, job-site training and job supports, and employment planning services. For more information, call (509) 279-6033.


Parenting is treated as a vocation by the state of Washington. This noncredit program invites parents to explore the ways they influence children; discover how children "read their world"; discover how self-image develops; and explore quality-of-life issues such as family, communication skills, finances and relationships. This is an opportunity for parents to be involved in their child's education in the early years as well as learn parenting and leadership skills for themselves. It is designed for parents and their infants, toddlers and three to five year old children. Parent “co-ops” are located in three of the six counties Community Colleges of Spokane serves.

In Spokane, one co-op offers a special group for parents with infants 10 months and younger, called Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS). It is a weekly, two-hour support/education class.

A Homeschooling Qualifying Course is offered three times a year for parents interested in homeschooling their children. This course fulfills the Washington State legal requirements for homeschooling children from preschool through grade 12.

For more information on locations and fees, call the Parent Education office at (509) 279-6020, (509) 279-6021, (800) 845-3324.


Today's baby boomers and seniors aren't slowing down, they are postponing retirement or are re-entering the workforce. That's why Plus 50 supports students over 50 who want to re-invent their careers, enrich their lives, or give back to the community in a meaningful way. Times are tough in today's marketplace, so a welcoming and inviting environment is created for these students in this unstable economy. Tools are provided in order to add to current skills or retrain for a new job. For more information, call (509) 279-6065.


Adults who have difficulty reading, worry that reading problems will prevent them from succeeding in school or work, or find reading boring and learning new information difficult, are discovering Read Right®.

The program helps eliminate reading problems and greatly improves comprehension. The end result is process of reading correctly, eliminating the reading problem. Read Right® classes are offered Monday-Thursday with open enrollment throughout the quarter. For more information, call (509) 279-6028.


The READY program is employment based and designed for individuals with barriers to both academic achievement and productive employment. General workplace skills include problem solving, communication, business basics and learning employment strategies. READY offers industry-specific training in Automotive Maintenance, Hospitality/Food Service, and Child Care. For more information, call (509) 279-6033.


SEER (Supported Education and Employment Enhancing Rehabilitation) is a noncredit college-based supported education and employment program designed to assist individuals with psychiatric disabilities to pursue work, education and volunteerism as part of their recovery. The program offers classes for skill development as well as numerous support services to assist students while enrolled in SEER classes, credit classes or vocational services. For more information, call (509) 279-6055.


PACE Services offers a wide range of noncredit classes and employment services for special education students 18 to 21 years of age. PACE Services works with the student, student's family, and student's high school to develop an individualized program. Modeled after the Running Start concept, this service allows the student to progress to a college environment while completing high school. For more information, call (509) 279-6033.

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