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To sign up for an Educational Interview:
Basic Education for Adults (BEdA)
Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) includes ESL, ABE, GED prep, and
HS21+. BEdA classes are designed to help move students forward on pathways to high school diplomas, GEDs, college coursework, and/or employment.
These programs provide classes for English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education English and math fundamentals, GED preparation classes, and High School 21+ diploma attainment. Financial help may be available for you.
To take any of these classes, students must first complete an Educational Interview, which consists of two sessions of orientation and placement testing. Educational Interviews are conducted at the end and beginning of each quarter and during the breaks between quarters.
Our classes run on Cascadia’s Academic Calendar. However, our registration timelines are different. Please contact our office for information about when you can register for next quarter.
For more program information, click on each link below:
To sign up for an Educational Interview , please:
- Call the office at 425-352-8158 to complete the application. Or, you may come in to the office, located in the Library Annex (LBA), to complete the application.
- The Interview will be two sessions, each approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours long. You must attend both sessions in order to qualify for a class. During the sessions, you will complete necessary paperwork and placement testing, as well as receive information about the program.
- Depending on your needs, you will sign up for an ESL or ABE Ed Interview.
To take classes in the Basic Education for Adults program, you must be living in the U.S. We welcome all immigrants, refugees, and U.S. citizens. We cannot serve students with short-term visas, for example student visas, au pair visas, and tourist visas. If you have questions about who we can serve, please call the office at 425-352-8158.
English as a Second Language classes help develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English. ESL classes are designed to help students learn English so that they move forward on pathways to high school diplomas, GEDs, college coursework, and/or employment.
These classes are for students who speak a first language other than English, and are residents of the United States. (Immigrants, Refugees and Citizens)
The ESL program offers ESL levels 1 - 6 with classes in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
During the Educational Interview, students will complete an oral screening, a writing sample, a listening test, and a reading test. The scores from these screenings will be used to determine level placement. Additionally, students will receive general program information and will have the opportunity to ask any questions they have about the program.
ABE classes are not ESL classes. ABE classes are designed to help move students forward on pathways to high school diplomas, GEDs, college coursework, and/or employment. ESL students often transition to ABE once they have completed ESL since ABE is the next step in education. ABE classes are contextualized to various content areas such as history, science, civics, etc. No matter what goal an ABE student has, the contextualized classes are designed to meet those goals as they all teach increased skills in math, as well as analytical and critical English reading and writing skills.
Students take ABE classes to:
- Earn a high school diploma through the High School 21+ program.
- Prepare for the four GED exams—Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science. As of 2014, writing is assessed as part of each exam.
- Increase English and math skills in order to earn higher college placement scores, such as the Compass test currently being used at Cascadia.
- Increase English and math skills in order to get a new or improved job.
ABE classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening and are multi-level classes. This means it is possible for you to progress more than one level during a quarter. (Begin at level 20 but maybe test at level 40 or higher by the end of the quarter.)
You may want to earn a high school diploma if it is the fastest pathway for you to reach your goals. When you attend the ABE Educational Interview, the instructor will share High School 21+ information with you to help you decide if you want to complete this program. If you want to earn a high school diploma, you need to complete a HS21+ application so that we can get you started.
Preparing for the HS21+ Intake Appointment
- Bring addresses for any high school or college programs you have attended so you can send for official transcripts.
- Bring records of any College Placement Tests you have taken.
- Complete a Washington Employment Security Division request for employment records. BEdA will mail it for you.
- Bring documentation of any certifications (CPR, First Aid, Food Handlers permit, etc.) you have earned.
- After your appointment, send for all high school or college transcripts. These must be mailed to the BEdA program, marked official, and be unopened.
- Once all of the records have been received in the BEdA Office, they will be evaluated for credits and a determination of what you need to earn your high school diploma will e made.
- Be on the lookout for a call from the BEdA Office to set an appointment time for you to come in to discuss your credit evaluation.
Already a BEdA Student?
If you are already a student at Cascadia, work with your instructor or the office to sign up for the appropriate classes that will result in credit toward your HS21+ diploma.
If you are a new student, schedule your Educational Interview and complete it!
Which High School diploma option is right for you?
Refer to this link that will explain Cascadia high school diploma options to you.
The Basic Education for Adults (BEdA) program may be able to provide financial assistance to BEdA students you if you qualify. Waivers, which pay 60% of the cost of your tuition, parking, or bus pass are available. Before you can apply for a waiver, you must be registered for a class.
To apply for a waiver, complete a form for any waiver you would like to receive. If you qualify, you will be contacted by the office to come in and pick up the necessary forms to take to Enrollment Services.
Tuition waivers – BEdA will pay $15 of the $25 tuition charge per quarter. You, the student, are responsible to pay $10 by the end of the second week of the quarter.
Bus pass and parking waivers – BEdA will pay for 60% of the costs of these waivers and you, the student, are responsible to pay 40%. The amounts vary, according to the waiver.
Once you receive a waiver, you have to meet requirements in
order to qualify for a waiver for the following quarter:
- You must pay your tuition on time.
- You must attend 80% of each class you take.
- You must CASAS test at the end of the quarter.
The college process requires that students who want a waiver apply each quarter they need one.
For a preview of the ABE and ESL class schedule, please consult the Summer 2017 Class Schedule flyer. The schedule may change. Contact our office at 425-352-8158 for the most up-to-date
Information about how to pay your tuition information is available on our Tuition Payments flyer. Tuition is due after you register for classes in an Educational Interview.