Adult General Education
The mission of the Adult General Education (AGE) Program is to provide instruction in the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics to adult learners in order to prepare them for transition into the labor market or higher academic or vocational training.
Adult General Education (AGE) courses provide students with the opportunity to improve the level of literacy skills required to lead productive lives. Students perform and progress at their own rate depending on ability, levels of achievement, and academic and career/technical education goals. Instruction is individualized in order to meet the needs of the students. Because AGE programs are not specifically offered for job entry or advancement, they are not accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and do not qualify for Title IV financial aid assistance.
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a required examination to ensure placement in the appropriate level in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Education Development (GED) preparation classes. The Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) test is required for appropriate placement in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program and the Citizenship program. Students must be at least 16 years of age and not currently enrolled in any secondary Miami-Dade County Public School in order to enroll in all Adult General Education classes.
LENGTH OF COURSE
ABE - reading/writing/math - variable length Citizenship - one trimester ESOL - one trimester minimum per level GED - one trimester minimum Online Education (The Learning Center) – varies by program
Adult General Education courses will be assessed a block tuition fee asfollows: - In-state tuition (resident) ratewill be $30.00 per trimester. - Students must pay a required $5.00 fee for a student identification (ID) badge and its renewal, as well as a $5.00 testing fee each trimester, and must also purchase textbooks and workbooks for the classes in which they are registered.
English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL) students have access to computers for instructional purposes in order to get additional practice in reading, listening, and speaking English. Through the use of a variety of software programs including Burlington English, Cambridge Ventures/Arcade, and All-Star students view mini-videos, listen, repeat, record words, phrases, and sentences and interact with the program to complete multiple-choice, true/false, matching, and fill-in-the-blank exercises. Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes have computers available for students to get practice in reading, language, and mathematics through the use of Instruction Targeted for TABE Success (ITTS) and Paceware. With these software programs, students’ complete exercises which prepare them to pass the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and the opportunity to take the career/technical education class of their choice.