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

Tutoring services at Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska

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.

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GED Testing

GED testing services at Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska

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.

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English Language Learners

English as a Second Language Classes at Prince William Sound College in Valdez, Alaska

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.

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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.

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Contact Information

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 Campus

Teresa Barton
303 Lowe Street
Valdez, AK 99686-1311
(907) 834-1671
tabarton@alaska.edu

Cordova Extension Center

Susan Harding
100 Fisherman Way
Cordova, AK 99574
(907) 424-7598
spharding@alaska.edu

Copper Basin Extension Center

Joey Eastman
9998 Aurora Drive
Glennallen, AK 99588-730
(907) 822-3673
jmeastman@alaska.edu



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.

Adult Education Center

Last modified: October 12, 2017, modified by Jessica Young