PCC Adult Education Initiative Honored as One of Four Best in U.S.

Pima Community College Adult Basic Education for College & Career’s (ABECC) IBEST initiative is one of only four programs in the U.S. recognized this week at the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Showcase.

Pima was honored for its Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (IBEST), program, in which adult learners attain a GED® while they simultaneously earn college credits leading to degrees or industry-recognized credentials in growing sectors of the economy.

“Pima Community is honored that its IBEST program is being recognized at a national level,” Chancellor Lee D. Lambert said. “By providing the opportunity to earn credits toward degrees and certificates while working toward a high school equivalency, we are redefining college readiness to break down barriers to acquiring skills leading to high-paying careers in a variety of cutting-edge industries.”

The Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Project is an initiative funded through the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy to identify and highlight innovative practices in Adult Education that lead to improved learner outcomes.

PCC’s Adult Basic Education division plays a critical role in promoting adult literacy.  Each year, it helps over 4,300 adult students who need to strengthen their basic literacy and math skills, improve their English, study for a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, and prepare for college and career.

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About PCC Adult Basic Education

PCC’s Adult Basic Education program provides basic literacy to high school equivalency level classes, English language instruction and testing. Pima’s ABE program serves 5,000 students and testers every year.  For more information on PCC’s GED/HSE preparation classes and testing, contact 520-206-7330 or go to pima.edu/adulted

About the Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Project 
The Advancing Innovation in Adult Education Project is a five-year effort to identify and highlight innovative practices in adult education that lead to improved outcomes. The project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE).

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