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Adult Learning Center

Diane McQueen
ABE/GED/ESL Director


“Empowering all adults to become life-long learners, proficient in careers, education, and life skills.”

Mission Statement

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program at EWC is a student-centered, individualized, goal-oriented educational program offered to the residents of Goshen, Platte, Converse, Niobrara, Weston and Crook counties. The ABE program offers assistance to adult learners who need to improve their basic literacy skills for High School Equivalency examinations or for employment and/or educational purposes. We also provide educational services in the form of English as a Second Language courses and EL Civics Courses to non-native speakers of English.

ABE Integration of Services


The objectives of our program include:

1) orienting learners to our programs. This is done through a standardized orientation process.

2) pre-test and post-test assessments with TABE, BEST Plus and/or Best Literacy at each of our sites

3) establishing attainable goals and help learners achieve these goals by:-meeting State guidelines-providing instructional methods that meet individualized learning styles-empowering learners to make decisions regarding their course of instruction (i.e. “What”  and “How” they want to learn)-having learners commit to at least 12 hours of on-site instruction-providing learners with tutors/instructors-providing learners with computerized instructional software-giving them appropriate homework-periodically reviewing learners’ educational goals to determine whether goals are being met-making learning fun-encouraging further lifelong learning including enrollment in postsecondary/technical educational programs


All students are provided with a standardized orientation procedure which includes testing and evaluation, goal setting, and general program information.

Retention Plan

Retention begins with orientation. Students are familiarized with our programs, how they work and what is expected of them. It is our belief that if every part of the instructional process is clarified for the learner, then the learner will most likely be retained in the program of study.

Setting Goals

Because learning is an individualized process, students play a major role in setting their own educational goals. Instructors provide the required assistance to help students set realistic short term and long term goals. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely (SMART) goals are established for each student.


Course materials relevant to learner’s needs are used to help increase retention.


Students take an active role in planning their own individual plan of study. Options available to students may include individualized instruction, managed enrollment, computer instruction, guided self-instruction, or any combination thereof. Students are also encouraged to voice their own opinions on the best way to achieve educational objectives.

Showing Progress

Because adult learners can be hard on themselves and question their actual educational progress, it is important to ensure that all students are aware of any achievements they may make. Various approaches are used to assist students in understanding their to-date accomplishments. (eg. reviewing homework with the student, post-testing, teacher-student consultations, etc.)


Student absences are dealt with in a professional, yet caring manner. After the initial absence, instructors make informal contact with the student through the telephone and encourage the student to return to class as soon as possible. After a period of 60 days of continual non-attendance, Eastern Wyoming College follows up with a written communiqué encouraging their return to class. After 90 days of non-attendance, students are classified on the database as ‘inactive’ and are withdrawn from the program.

Services Available

 Eastern Wyoming College offers a a program of instruction for High School Equivalency examinations, adult basic education classes for general literacy, WorkKeys,  workforce readiness, Transitions to College, EL Civics, and English as a Second Language (ESL) at all locations within the six county service area. Flexible scheduling is available for individualized instruction.

The purpose of the ABE program is to provide services to those adults who have not completed their elementary and high school education and whose tested abilities in Reading, Writing, and/or Mathematics are below a 12th grade level. Classes are free to participants and include a wide variety of teaching resources including computerized instruction using the Aztec software program, Blackboard Collaborate and other online learning technologies.

The Adult Basic Education program is available to learners in the six counties covered by the EWC service area: Crook, Weston, Converse, Niobrara, Goshen, and Platte.


Instruction begins with a complete orientation into the program. Students are given an appropriate assessment as a pre-test. Pre-test scores are used to help students set realistic goals as well as for placement into a program of students. Students are post-tested after they’ve completed 30-60 hours of instruction, a program of instruction, or with the approval of the Program Director. Instruction in all programs, centers around the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Basic Education.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education is available for students who want to improve their basic reading, writing, mathematics and/or computer skills. Adult learners who want to improve their basic literacy skills in the subject areas of reading, writing, math, science and/or social studies are provided with instruction. This instruction is self-paced, and is tailored to each learner’s tested skill level. Instruction can take several forms: self-directed learning using Aztec software, one-on-one instruction with either a private tutor or an instructor, online learning through Blackboard Collaborate, or in the classroom environment.

High School Equivalency Tests

In 2013, the Wyoming legislature passed House Bill No. 0054 which changed all references of GED®   to High School Equivalency Certificate. The change in the language allowed the state of Wyoming to have a choice of high school equivalency exams, thus allowing competition to the GED®,  which recently became a for-profit corporation (owned by Pearson VUE). As such, there are now three tests that learners have the option to pursue to earn their HSEC; HiSET, TASC, and GED®, .

All Adult Learning Centers in the State of Wyoming have chosen to support one of three nationally recognized assessments.  The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) is administered through Educational Testing Service (ETS), an already established not-for-profit company best known for the SAT, GRE, and TOEFL exams.

Beginning in 2014, the GED will be a 100% computer-based test.  By choosing HiSET, test administration in the six counties served by Eastern Wyoming College will still be possible, as HiSET can be administered through both paper/pencil and computer.

Even though the Adult Learning Center will be supporting the HiSET, the GED® exam can still be taken at the Eastern Wyoming College Academic Testing Center in Torrington.

Workforce Literacy

This project is a joint partnership with the ETSS Workforce grant at the College and the ABE program. Applicants are first qualified through written applications to the ETSS Workforce Grant office. This is followed by face-to-face interviews with representatives from ABE, ETSS, and our Director for Counseling and Disability Services.

Program objectives include:

  • to provide participants with the literacy work skills they need to function in the position they are applying/studying for
  • to obtain a high school credential (if necessary)
  • to earn a Career Readiness Certificate
  • to provide participants with the vocational training they need to secure employment in occupations approved through the ETSS grant (CNA, CDL, ELAP, Welding, Certified Medication Aid)

Transitions to College

The purpose of this program is to provide students with the opportunity to increase their COMPASS scores in reading, writing, and/or math by enrolling in a free one-month intensive program of study at Eastern Wyoming College.

Test Preparation

WorkKeys, ACT®, Compass Prep instruction is designed specifically to help our learners succeed on all skill areas associated with the specific test they need.

EL Civics

To become a U.S. citizen requires that learners know U.S. history and how its government works. Instruction prepares students for questions they will encounter on both the written and oral parts of the U.S. naturalization test.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

A five-level series of English as a Second Language courses are available for non-native speakers of English. These courses are designed to help learners develop the communicative skills necessary for living in the United States. ESL students are placed into an appropriate course level as determined by their pre-test scores on both BEST PLUS and Best Literacy or on TABE CLAS-E. Placement is as shown in the charts below.

Assessment Tool SPL Score Textbook Level
BEST PLUS and Best Literacy  0-1  Literacy
 2  One
 3  Two
 4  Three
 5 & 6  Four


Assessment Tool SPL Score Textbook Level


 0-1  Literacy
 1-2  One
 3  Two
 3-4  Three
 5 & 6  Four


Follow Up

Three to nine months after a student is exited from one of the Adult Learning Center’s at EWC, they will be contacted for information. Federal mandates require that all Adult Learning Center’s in the U.S.A. track student success after exiting a program of study. To this end, the ABE program at EWC periodically conducts follow up surveys either by phone or by mail to obtain student information, particularly in relation to employment and post-secondary education.