Community College and Workforce Development

Adult Basic Skills

Oregon’s Adult Basic Skills (ABS) programs provide adult Oregonians the skills they need for family self-sufficiency, careers, community involvement, and further education. A current listing of Oregon ABS programs is provided below:

These programs generally offer instruction in:

  • English as a second language;
  • Reading, writing, and math;
  • General Educational Development (GED ) preparation;
  • High School Diploma preparation; and
  • Workplace skills including critical thinking, digital literacy, locating and using information, and interpersonal workplace skills.

The HECC Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) works with community colleges and adult education providers across the state to provide strategic leadership, technical assistance, administration of federal funds, and coordination of programming to meet the educational needs of Oregon adults.

Resources for Oregon Adult Basic Skill providers

The Adult High Sc​​hool Diploma program

The Oregon Adult High School Diploma (AHSD) provides an opportunity for adults to earn a rigorous diploma equivalent to an Oregon high school diploma through community colleges. The AHSD meets all state graduation requirements as provided in Oregon Administrative Rules and enables students to move toward postsecondary education and credentials.

Implementation of WIOA Title II, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act

The Office of Workforce Investments (OWI) and the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) work together as the administrative entities for several federally funded workforce programs, authorized by the U.S. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and a primary partner in the implementation of WIOA in Oregon. The HECC Office of CCWD administers Title II of WIOA, also known as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. This provides federal funds to local providers and supports leadership and training in order to assure quality basic skills services for adults across Oregon, including English language instruction for adults.

For more information see: Oregon Implementation of the WIOA or see the WIOA Oregon website.