Adult Basic Education


Takoda’s no-cost Adult Basic Education program provides students with group instruction and individual tutoring so they can obtain a GED or brush up on core subjects before pursuing a new career or entering higher education. With a 5:1 student-to-instructor ratio, students attending Takoda’s ABE program will appreciate the small class size and personalized approach to learning.


Individuals over age 17 and not currently enrolled in high school are eligible to attend Takoda’s ABE/GED program. Group instruction in math, reading, writing, and typing is provided. Students can also access:


  • Accuplacer college prep and testing preparation
  • Math and literacy improvement
  • Career counseling and job search support
  • Life skills
  • Health and lifestyle sessions
  • Book groups
  • Onsite GED testing

Earning a GED

The length of time it takes to earn a GED varies by individual and depends on your reading, math, and computer skills. In general, Takoda recommends planning to participate in classroom instruction and individual study for a minimum of twelve weeks. To determine your readiness, visit ged.com to access the Reasoning Through Language Arts and Math GED Ready tests. These official practice tests cost $6 each and will provide instant scoring results and feedback about your readiness. Once you are enrolled Takoda’s program, these costs may be covered. Free practice questions are also available that preview the test’s content and technology.

Learning Options

Takoda’s ABE program is offered in-person with opportunities for classroom group instruction and tutoring. Students can also learn live online with Takoda’s instructors or at their own pace using pre-recorded materials.

If you have questions, need assistance accessing technology, or would like to enroll, contact Dawna Baird at 612.341.3358, x156, or complete the form below.

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