Adult Basic Education



Adult Basic Education (ABE) can help students earn their high school equivalency diploma (GED/ Adult Diploma), and prep for the college placement tests (including the Accuplacer). We can assist you with basic skills brush up in math, reading, writing or computer skills. At PTCC, we also tutor students for the TEAS test, and provide other college class tutoring. All resources and class instruction are free!

Offered through the St. Croix River Education District (SCRED), Adult Basic Education’s mission in Minnesota is to provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve their literacy skills necessary to be self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members, and citizens.

Amy Chatt
Adult Basic Education Instructor at PTCC
Academic Support Room 84

Classes that Amy supports are: Technical Math, Quality in Manufacturing, Medical Dosages and College Algebra

Amy’s office hours:
Monday: 9-12
Tuesday: 12:30-2:30
Wednesday: 9-12
Thursday: 12:30-2:30
By appointment (email:, text 320-629-5139)

ABE offers instruction in several areas:

Students can earn a high school equivalency diploma with ABE through one of these options:

• Studying and completing the General Educational Development (GED) diploma tests. This is a national high school equivalency program that includes four content areas: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science, and social studies; or

• Earning credits leading to a high school diploma from a sponsoring Minnesota school district.

By June 30 of the academic year, students age 17 or older can qualify for Ability to Benefit if they do not have their HS equivalency diploma, and are interested in completing specific technical programs at PTCC.  This program allows students to earn their HS diploma and college credential together.

ABE supports students who need to place into college classes or earn minimum scores for college programs.  Work with a teacher to learn your strengths in basic skills and study to improve in areas for your education goals.

Digital literacy skills are the skills that allow individuals to access, navigate, organize and utilize information from digital or technology resources. ABE uses North Star Digital Literacy to help students learn how to do that.

Students sometimes need goal-specific elementary or secondary level basic skills such as work-related math, functional literacy (e.g.- banking skills), reading or writing assistance.

This programming prepares Minnesota non- citizens for the U.S. Citizenship Test given by INS. This can include application preparation, English language instruction general civics content.

Student requesting this programming can improve their English language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.  This can be done on site or virtually.

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