Basic Education for Adults (BEdA)

Jody Bortz, Director
509.793.2331
Jodyb@bigbend.edu

General Information
509.793.2304
BEdAInfo@bigbend.edu

 

Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education is a program to serve individuals seeking assistance in completing high school, obtaining their GED, improving basic reading, writing, and speaking skills for non-English speakers and/or improve basic mathematics to prepare for college-level courses.  Most classes are open-entry and self-paced.  Times and locations can be found in the current quarterly class schedule or by contacting the Basic Skills Office at 509.793.2304 or by email at bedainfo@bigbend.edu

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes provide instruction in beginning and intermediate English language skills to adults whose first language is not English.  Classes emphasize listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students may earn high school credit and/or prepare for their GED test.  Most classes are open-entry and self-paced.  Times and locations can be found in the current quarterly class schedule or by contacting the Basic Skills Office at 509.793.2304 or by email at bedainfo@bigbend.edu

High School Completion/Diploma

The High School+ program assists individuals in obtaining a high school diploma through competency-based instruction.  Students earn credits through completing coursework, prior learning credentials, specialized training and/or assessments.  Students may earn college level credits or earn a work-based credential. Most classes are open-entry and self-paced.  Times and locations can be found in the current quarterly class schedule or by contacting the Basic Skills Office at 509.793.2304 or by email at bedainfo@bigbend.edu

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST)

I-BEST classes are designed with students in mind.  Faculty team-teach to provide course content and basic skills support.  Programs and courses are approved by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges as designated high-wage/high-demand industry sectors.  Goals are to complete industry recognized credentials and vocational certificates and when possible, continue towards completion of an AA degree.  Many classes are offered evenings and weekends.  Bilingual and basic skills support is available. Times and locations can be found in the current quarterly class schedule or by contacting the Basic Skills Office at 509.793.2304 or by email at bedainfo@bigbend.edu

Open Doors

Open Doors is a collaboration between BBCC and local high schools to offer students aged 16-21 another option to reengage with school and complete their high school diploma and/or GED.  Students may also receive college level credits or career focused certificates.  The student must be credit deficient and meet eligibility criteria to enroll. Contact your high school counselor or contact the Basic Skills Office at 509.793.2304 or by email at bedainfo@bigbend.edu

High School Equivalency Program (HEP)

High school completion or GED preparation for migrant/seasonal farmworkers and their dependents.  Students enroll into our Basic Education courses (HS, GED, or ESL) and when eligible, will be enrolled into supplemental services and resources.  Individuals must document farmworker or dependent status to qualify.  Most classes are open-entry and self-paced.  Times and locations can be found in the current quarterly class schedule or by contacting the Basic Skills Office at 509.793.2304 or by email at hepinfo@bigbend.edu or bedainfo@bigbend.edu

GED Preparation

Individuals may study and prepare for the GED exam by attending BEdA classes.  All instruction is provided in English, but the test may be taken in English, Spanish, or French. Accommodations may be provided if approved.  Students aged 16-19 will need additional documentation to test based upon age requirements.  Most classes are open-entry and self-paced.  Times and locations can be found in the current quarterly class schedule or by contacting the Basic Skills Office at 509.793.2304 or by email at bedainfo@bigbend.edu

Courses

DVS 011: Basic Skills Review

The main goal of this course is to assist students to improve their reading/writing, math, listening/speaking and employability skills in order to earn a high school diploma or pass the official GED tests. To enroll in the Basic Skills Program, students must be at least 16 years old. For the HS21 program, students must be 21 years old or older. (Formerly: DVS 011, 012, 013, 014, 020, 021)

DVS 012: Adult Secondary Education I

The main goal of this course is to assist students to improve their reading/writing, math, listening and employability skills in order to earn a high school diploma or to pass the Official GED tests (to enroll in the Basic Skills Program, students must be at least 16 years old). For HS21 students, this course is designed for students studying for the second half of their HS21 diploma. (Formerly: DVS 011, 012, 013, 014, 020, 021)

DVS 013: Adult Secondary Education II

The main goal of this course is to assist students to improve their reading/writing, math, listening and employability skills in order to earn a high school diploma or to pass the Official GED tests (to enroll in the Basic Skills Program, students must be at least 16 years old). For HS21 students, this course is designed for students studying for the second half of their HS21 diploma. (Formerly: DVS 011, 012, 013, 014, 020, 021)

DVS 014: Adult Basic Skills

The main goal of this course is to assist students to improve their reading, writing, listening, employability skills, and math skills in order to advance to the next NRS Educational Functional level as determined by the CASAS Levels and to obtain knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness (Formerly: DVS 011, 012, 013, 014, 020, 021)

DVS 015: Accelerated Learning Support

DVS 015 is designed to provide additional instruction and support for basic skills students in I-BEST or other collegelevel accelerated math and English classes. The course provides a review of core concepts and vocabulary introduced in the related college-level math and/or English courses and students engage in activities to help strengthen basic math and/ or English skills.

DVS 017: Accelerated Learning Support: Math

DVS 017 is designed to provide additional instruction and support for basic skills students in I-BEST or other collegelevel accelerated Math classes. The course provides a review of core concepts and vocabulary introduced in the related college-level Math courses and students engage in activities to help strengthen basic Math skills.

DVS 031: Beginning English Language Acquisition

This basic skills level course is for students whose first language is not English. Participants study speaking, listening, reading, writing, employability skills, and mathematics in English, so they may perform a variety of basic tasks requiring communication at work, at home, and in their community. Students must be at least sixteen years old to enroll in the Basic Skills Program or 21 years old or older to enroll in the HS21 program. (Formerly DVS 030,031,032,034,035,037)

DVS 032: Intermediate English Language Acquisition

This basic skills level course is for students whose first language is not English. Participants study speaking, listening, reading, writing, employability skills, and mathematics in English, so they may perform a variety of basic tasks requiring communication at work, at home, and in their community. Students must be at least sixteen years old to enroll in the Basic Skills Program or 21 years old or older to enroll in the HS21 program. (Formerly DVS 030,031,032,034,035,037)

DVS 033: Advanced English Language Acquisition

This basic skills level course is for students whose first language is not English. Participants study speaking, listening, reading, writing, employability skills, and mathematics in English, so they may perform a variety of basic tasks requiring communication at work, at home, and in their community. Students must be at least sixteen years old to enroll in the Basic Skills Program or 21 years old or older to enroll in the HS21 program. (Formerly DVS 030,031,032,034,035,037)

DVS 036: English Language Acquisition/Citizenship

This basic skills level course is if for students whose first language is not English and who are preparing for the United States naturalization examination. Participants study speaking, listening, reading, writing and arithmetic in English using U. S. History, government and citizenship themes. Individuals may enroll in the course at any time during the quarter.

DVS 080: College Transitions Math

Review and instruction in whole numbers, decimals, fractions, geometry, and integers. Learn strategies to deal with math anxiety and test taking. Students should note this course does not count towards credit total for financial aid eligibility. (Formerly: MATH 080)

DVS 090: Transition to College

This Transition to College course is designed to assist advanced ESL/ABE students in developing skills to transition into an academic or vocational program. Students will receive an orientation to the college culture and its services. Students will concentrate on the academic English speaking, reading, writing, presentation and the basic computer skills needed for a successful transition into a credit bearing college program.

DVS 091: BEdA Orientation Course (OPD/HS+/ELA)

The main goal of this course is to assist students as they enter any BEdA program (high school completion or English language acquisition) by giving them the tools they will need to succeed while enrolled in BEdA.