Adult Basic Education
GED Testing, Tutoring and Occupational Development, and English Language Learner Classes
Adult Basic Education Program at PWSC
The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program at PWSC is designed to provide individual and group instruction for a variety of educational outcomes. Instruction and instructional materials are provided at no cost to individuals 16 years of age or older.
Tutoring and Occupational Development
Continued education and academic support are important components to staying competitive in today’s workforce. ABE provides instruction in foundational academic areas, such as math, reading, writing, science and social studies. Tutoring groups are available during weekdays and evenings to meet the needs of student schedules. One-on-one tutoring may also be scheduled to focus on specific areas of academic need. Classes meet in Room 163.
PWSC offers General Education Development (GED) instruction specifically designed to assist individuals over 16 years old needing to complete high school equivalency requirements. PWSC is an authorized Pearson VUE GED Testing Center.
English Language Learners
PWSC provides English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to improve oral and written skills in English as part of our career readiness goals to assist adults in obtaining, retaining or improving jobs.
Primary objectives, goals, and outcomes for students in the ABE program:
- Obtain a job
- Improve current job
- Retain current job
- Educational gain (including English Language Learning)
- Earn a GED
- Enter post-secondary education or job training
Secondary objectives, goals, and outcomes for students in the ABE program:
- Leave public assistance
- Obtain citizenship skills
- Assist with voter registration
- Increase involvement with child’s education
- Increase involvement in child’s literacy
- Increase involvement in community activities
Testing Services: Pearson VUE Test Center
PWSC offers testing for the GED and other certification/endorsement assessments through its authorized Pearson VUE Test Center.
PWSC supports corporate and governmental training departments by providing access to a Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center. Certification enables people to demonstrate their abilities and professional advancement. Students and employees in technical and specialized fields can benefit from the help of computer-based testing offered at PWSC. Our Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center gives our students access to hundreds of certifications and qualifications allows them to develop careers and improve their lives.
The ABE Center of PWSC is located at 303 Lowe St in Valdez, AK. Our hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday in Room 161. We also have outreach sites on the Copper Basin and Cordova Campuses.
Valdez CampusTeresa Barton
303 Lowe Street
Valdez, AK 99686-1311
Cordova Extension CenterSusan Harding
100 Fisherman Way
Cordova, AK 99574
Copper Basin Extension CenterJoey Eastman
9998 Aurora Drive
Glennallen, AK 99588-730
The PWSC program is aligned with the Alaska Department of Labor, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, through grants from the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.