ADULT BASIC EDUCATION DIVISION
Welcome to the ABE website. Here you can find information on a variety of topics in Adult Basic Education, with resources for both students and ABE faculty/staff.
The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Division of the Higher Education Department serves adults, 16 years of age and older, who function below the high school completion level. Adult Basic Education became a division of the New Mexico Higher Education Department in 2005 when the division moved from the Public Education Department to NMHED. New Mexico community colleges house the majority of the 26 ABE programs in our state. The purpose of Adult Basic Education Programs is to provide opportunities for:
- Learning basic literacy skills
- Placement and retention in employment and workplace programs
- Obtaining a GED
- Enrolling in post-secondary education programs
- Learning English as a second language (ESL) and Civics
Adult educators help adult students to design individual learning plans that correspond to their personal needs and goals such as: getting a job, obtaining a GED, enrolling in post-secondary education or other training, learning the English language, understanding U.S. culture and participating in society, helping their children achieve success in school, and leaving public assistance and earning a family-sustaining income.