Basic & Transitional Studies
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have suspended in-person orientation sessions. Visit https://newscenter.seattlecentral.edu/coronavirus-update for current information and resources.
Basic & Transitional Studies offers a variety of programs to help learners of all levels, providing the education needed to prepare for college and career readiness.
Adult Basic Education
Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are for adults who are already proficient in the English language but wish to improve their basic reading, writing and math skills. ABE classes are also for a student whose placement test results require that they improve their basic skills before they head into college–level courses.
English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered to help non–native speakers to communicate in English.
General Educational Development
General Educational Development (GED®) prep classes are available to prepare for taking the GED® test, a placement test that qualifies one for college–level courses.
Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training
Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training (I–BEST) programs create opportunities at the basic skills level for both ESL and ABE students to enroll in college–level programs and earn a certificate in a high–demand industry.
We also offer classes for high school graduates that need to brush up on reading, writing and math skills before beginning college–level courses. Emphasized skills will help students prepare for placement tests.
High School Programs
Group and individual training is available for anyone enrolled in Seattle Central classes through the Volunteer Tutoring program.
Learning Center Seattle
Learning Center Seattle serves 16 to 21 year olds (16 before Sept. 1) and have not completed high school but want to earn their GED® to go on to college or technical training program (tuition–free) and/or start a career. Students who meet the age eligibility requirements and already have a GED® are also eligible to enroll in the Learning Center Seattle program.
Note: All of our class outcomes are tied to the Washington State Learning Standards.