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.
Adult Education is free!
All Adult Basic Education programs provide services free of charge to the community. Students pay no tuition, and all books and necessary materials are provided.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality participatory leadership, services, support, and technical expertise to Adult Basic Education program personnel, students, partners and communities.
What is Adult Education?
Adult Education is a Higher Education Department program serving adults 16 years of age and older who function below the high-school completion level. The emphasis is on:
- English Literacy
Who attends Adult Education classes?
- Unemployed and employed adults
- Adults on public assistance
- Adults with disabilities
- Incarcerated adults
The need for Adult Education
Of the 1.1 million adults over age 25 in New Mexico, over 240,000 have not finished high school. Another 162,000 do not speak English or do not speak English well. More than 400,000 adults cannot fully participate in family, work, and community opportunities and would benefit from ABE services, yet our programs only serve about 23,000 per year, or 6% of the eligible population.
We are proud to serve New Mexico Adult Education communities, Adult Education program staff, members, teachers and students. Please be sure to let us know how we can better serve your needs and meet your expectations. Your valuable contributions support state-wide success.
Frances Bannowsky, J. D. firstname.lastname@example.org 505-476-8437
Policy and Program Improvement Coordinator
Cheril Carrington, Ph.D. email@example.com
Operations Research Analyst
Michael Wright firstname.lastname@example.org 505-476-8420