Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education
Brainerd 
Adult Basic Education
Available through Brainerd Public Schools / Community Education Department
(Rm C104 - C109) 
501 West College Drive   
Brainerd, MN  56401
218-855-8166 or 218-855-8165
Welcome From The Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Orla Kenton. I am the Program Coordinator for Brainerd Adult Basic Education. I have taught in the Brainerd District for over 25 years.  ABE has been my area of concentration throughout my teaching career.  I really enjoy my students as we work together to improve skills, gain confidence, and achieve goals to support their future plans.

Whether a student is preparing for the computer-based GED Test, improving skills for employment, or preparing for post-secondary enrollment, we have classes available to support transitions.  New for 2016-2017, we will be offering ESL instruction. Call for an appointment. We have a long standing tradition of serving adults in the Brainerd Lakes area...over 51 years! 

In addition to offering ABE to community members in the Brainerd area, we also extend an invitation to community members from Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, and Pine River-Backus. Brainerd ABE can help you achieve your next goal! Online access to lessons can reduce the issues of commuting.

Adult Basic Education’s mission in Minnesota is to provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve skills necessary for participation as productive workers and family and community members.  Brainerd 
Adult Basic Education is offered through Brainerd Community Education.
What Is Your Goal? 

Check out our FREE classes for adults!

GED Test Preparation
BREAKING NEWS...
Effective January 28, 2016: The GED Testing Service has reduced the required passing scores from 150 to 145 in each content area. Written responses are no longer required for Social Studies.  Enhanced score levels will now indicate High School Equivalency, HSE+"College Ready", and HSE+"Potential College Credit" options.
Age waiver score requirements (for test takers 17-18 years old) have also been reduced.  

ALSO (while funding is available)...FREE GED TESTING for Minnesotans!  The first test in each subject is FREE!

The State of Minnesota is subsidizing the cost of the first test in each subject( while funding is available).  This will be time sensitive! The voucher code for FREE GED Testing is

MNGED30    


For assistance with setting up your ged.com account or scheduling a test online, please call or come in to Brainerd ABE offices.


Now, more than ever, is the time to enroll in classes and earn your GED Diploma! Call or email to learn about our flexible class schedules.


Accuplacer Preparation
Improve Reading and Mathematics skills to boost your Accuplacer Scores (needed for enrollment into many classes at CLC).

Work KEYS Preparation
We offer classes for improving reading and mathematics skills needed to earn a NCRC (NATIONAL CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATE) The NCRC is a great way to boost your employment options.  This is also used for students working in a Career Pathway Program at CLC.

Northstar Digital Certification
In coordination with other ABE classes, students can improve computer skills in 8 online tutorials to prepare for the Northstar Assessments (given by Brainerd ABE). Earn a Northstar Certificate to verify your computer skills to prospective employers.

Brush Up the Basics
These classes are open to adults who want to improve basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.

New for 2016 - 2017...
English as a Second Language 
We are excited to begin this new class for English Language Learners.  Call for an appointment to enroll. 






Post-Secondary Transitions
Spring Semester Enrollment

ABE Math 0001 
go to clcmn.edu, course schedule, Adult Education for more information.

ABE Classes sponsored by CLC - 
No Credits Awarded
No Tuition - No Book Fees!
Register at clcmn.edu
For more information
Call (218) 855 - 8165 or 
Email Orla.Kenton@isd181.org

Now Located at CLC
In partnership with 
Central Lakes College, 
The Brainerd Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program is now located at CLC.
(Rooms C104, C105, C108 & C109)
501 W. College Drive
Brainerd, MN

CLC Campus directions to 
Brainerd ABE:
Park in the North lot 
Enter Door 1
Turn left at the entry hallway
 Turn right at the second corridor
ABE Offices are C104 and C105.

 For additional assistance, ask at 
CLC Student Services Desk.

Enroll ANYTIME during the school year!
Monday - Thursday
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Call for more information
(218)-855-8166 or
(218)-855-8165. 

*Summer programming will be available online and during limited summer school schedule.

Brainerd ABE:  confidential, self-paced learning, personal education plans, small group classes, individualized instruction, free classes. Schedules vary dependent upon offering.


 This initiative is made possible with a grant from MN Department of Education

 using federal funding from the 
Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act of 2014.