Adult Basic Education (ABE)



Adult Basic Education (ABE) is designed to assist students with increasing mastery of Mathematics, Language Arts (language, speaking and listening, and writing), and Reading at or above the ninth grade level. The program is designed not as an “end all,” but it is the first and foundational step toward accomplishing high school completion through the GED® and/or establishing an understanding of and preparation for postsecondary education and career. It also offers opportunities to develop digital literacy and to acquire college and career readiness skills. 


Eligibility for Enrollment 

Enrollment in ABE complies with school policy and state law.  Students take the TABE prior to enrollment.    


Essential training tasks involve the specific requirements that one must be able to accomplish in order to successfully work through a program of study (in this instance the ABE program).  These requirements or tasks are physically, mentally, and emotionally oriented. The physical, mental, and emotional requirements for the ABE program are that a student must have the ability to: 


Federal and state legislation requires the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities as identified on the secondary student’s IEP or 504 plan or postsecondary student’s accommodations plan to meet individual needs to ensure equal access. Postsecondary students with disabilities must self-identify, present documentation of accommodations, if needed, and develop a plan with their postsecondary service provider.   

Students desiring accommodations or updates to their accommodations are encouraged to self-identify as early in the program as possible. In order to receive disability accommodations, students must self-disclose the disability to the Students with Disabilities Coordinator and provide documentation that clearly shows evidence of a disability and applicable accommodations. The Students with Disabilities Coordinator will schedule a meeting with the student and instructor to discuss the documented disability and applicable accommodations.  

Accommodations received in postsecondary education may differ from those received in secondary education. They change the way the student is instructed.  Students with disabilities may need accommodations in such areas as instructional methods and materials, assignments and assessments, time demands and schedules, learning environment, assistive technology and special communication systems. Documentation of the accommodations requested and provided are maintained in a confidential file separate from the academic record.  


Reason for Withdrawal                               

Noncompliance with school and program policies may result in withdrawal from the program. The missing of six consecutive scheduled class sessions will result in an immediate withdrawal. This is due to state policy. Inappropriate behavior may result in withdrawal or dismissal as determined through a Student Intervention Team (SIT) meeting process. For those who are withdrawn during a term and who wish to return during the same, a reenrollment fee of $10.00 is required. 


A program orientation is required for all Lake Tech Adult Education students. Students will sign off on an understanding of the policies of the college and the individual program requirements at the conclusion of the orientation. 


The mission of Lake Technical College (LTC) and the Adult Education Program includes providing the necessary skills for students to be successful employees in whatever career they choose.  To be successful in the workforce, as well as college and career ready, graduates must possess both strong academic skills and good professional skills.  These types of skills are what employers are looking for in their employees, for example, communication skills, dependability, productivity, and teamwork.  The following are areas that all adult education students are expected to exhibit in class: 


Professional and Academic Integrity  


Grade Scale

5 = Exceeds Expectations:  Professional skills performance is exemplary.  Student consistently demonstrates characteristics that will stand out in the work environment and will advance her/him in the career chosen. 

4 = Meets Expectations:  Professional skills performance standards are met.  Student demonstrates characteristics that will stand out in the work environment. 

3 = Needs Moderate Improvement:  All professional skills standards are met most of the time.  The quality of the student’s professional skills performance is that of a good employee in the normal work environment. 

2 = Needs Substantial Improvement:  Some professional skills standards are not met.  Additional work on employability skills is recommended. 

1 = Unacceptable:  Professional skills performance is below average.  Most skills have not been met. 



Campus Safety

Lake Technical College makes every effort to provide a safe environment for all students, visitors, faculty and staff.  Basic safety standards, which will include fire drills, weather drills, equipment usage, and traffic regulations, will be covered in the program orientation.   Also for further safety, all students are required to wear the appropriate Lake Tech shirt for that program; adult education students wear a light blue shirt with the Lake Tech logo. Furthermore, students must wear the school issued photo identification while on campus. These basic safety standards will be reinforced throughout the program enrollment.  See the current school catalog for additional campus safety information.  

Children on Campus  

Students and employees are expected to make off-campus childcare arrangements. The College assumes no responsibility for the supervision of children. At no time should children be left unattended either in buildings, grounds or vehicles.    

Food and Drink 

To protect equipment and furnishings in the classroom and laboratory areas, only water, in closed, covered containers, is permitted. No other food or drinks are allowed, unless specific permission is granted by the instructor. However, under no circumstance may food or drinks be in the laboratory areas.  


Food services are provided for a fee on the main campus by the Professional Culinary Arts and Hospitality program and are available during scheduled breaks and lunch. Adult students may leave the LTC campus during the scheduled 30minute lunch break as long as they return to class on time.  

Parking Regulations

Students at the main campus may park only in the south parking lot in spaces not designated as “staff/faculty” or “customer service.”  For safety, loitering in or around vehicles once the vehicle is parked is not permitted and a 10 mph speed limit is enforced. In consideration of the neighbors and classes in session, loud music in vehicles on campus is prohibited.  A person parking in spaces designated as “disabled permit only,” requires an official state disability decal to be displayed on the vehicle. Students parking on the campus must have the Lake Tech issued annual school year parking decal visibly displayed on their vehicle; this decal will be available in the business office and is included in the regular registration fee.

Smoking and Tobacco Use

The college is a tobacco free institution, so the use of tobacco products of any kind and the appearance of such use, including e-cigarettes and vapes, is not permitted at any school location, including parking lots. Any student who is found to have violated this policy will be subject to dismissal.  


In an effort to develop appropriate work ethics, LTC students are expected to attend all class sessions. Only regularly scheduled class hours will be reported for attendance. Make-up time will not be accepted. Students with continued excessive absences will be subject to penalties such as prohibition from reenrollment in the next grading period.    


If it is necessary to be absent due to illness or emergency situations, all students are to notify the instructor as soon as possible prior to the start of class, as is the case in the workplace when students are fully employed. The missing of six consecutive scheduled class sessions will result in an immediate withdrawal. 

Students in ABE, GED® Preparation, and Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAAE) programs must have achieved a minimum of 80% attendance at the end of each semester. Students not having met this requirement will sign an acknowledgement that they have been notified that continued absences will pose a threat to program enrollment. Teacher conferencing and School Intervention Team meetings will be held with the student as necessary to attempt to alleviate issues resulting in excessive absences and to counsel him or her of possible alternatives and consequences.   Students on attendance contracts are deemed to be on probation until such time that their absences are 20% or less


Students are expected to be in their seats promptly for the start of class.  As a courtesy, students must notify the instructor before the start of class of any anticipated tardiness and an expected arrival time.  This allows the instructors to best utilize their time.    

Leaving Campus during School Hours

For safety reasons, all students must notify their instructor when leaving campus early. Students may leave campus for lunch provided this is done within the allotted time.  

Adult Education Distance Learning Policy

Only through continuous communication with your instructor and consistent work habits can an online course be a successful experience. Please read the following policies and procedures to understand the specific participation requirements to maintain enrollment in the online ABE, GED® Preparation or AAAE program course.  

You will attend a two (2) hour orientation at the main campus before beginning your coursework. During this time, you will complete required forms and review any pertinent information. You must have a working email address for direct consultation with your instructor as well as the Adult Education Online Coordinator. If you do not have an email account, you can create one during the orientation. You will also at this time receive login information for the online tools used for study.  

You are enrolled for six (6) hours for part-time or ten (10) hours for full-time each week. Your attendance will be determined by the number of work hours on computer-based coursework, additional assignments and other events as determined by your instructor. Attendance reports will be run each Monday by the instructor and submitted to the Adult Education Online Coordinator for review.   

ABE online students are required to participate a minimum of eighty percent (80%) per week of their enrollment. If you have participated less than four point eight (4.8) hours in a week, part-time, or eight (8) hours in a week, full-time, you will be notified by your instructor. To maintain your current enrollment status, you must show a minimum of 4.8 hours (part-time) or 8 hours (full-time) of participation for EACH five (5) week period.

If you do not meet the above requirements, your instructor will notify Lake Technical College that you have been withdrawn from the course. It is important to notify your instructor of circumstances that may prevent you from attaining the required number of hours of participation.  

Re-admission will be subject to availability, willingness to abide by the policies and procedures for distance learning (online classes), and current re-admission procedures of the Admissions Office. Note that you will be subject to a reenrollment fee of $10.00 if the reenrollment occurs in the same semester as withdrawn.  

A meeting with the Adult Education Coordinator will be required before re-enrolling in the course.  


Students who attend Lake Tech shall dress in a manner appropriate for the job in which they are receiving training, including any special protective gear and professional uniforms. All clothing must be neither distracting nor offensive and be clean, neat, modest, in good repair and appropriately sized. In order to instill professionalism and consistency, as is done in the career and technical programs, students within any Adult Education program will wear a specific Lake Technical College t-shirt for that program. These shirts will be available for purchase in the Business Office.

The director or designee has the final authority for determining whether or not a student’s apparel conforms to the dress code. If it is determined that it does not, students will be required to change into clothing which will conform to this code or leave campus. Students may return to campus when they have changed into appropriate clothing. 



The aim of ABE is to provide basic literacy and life/employability skills for students who are performing below the ninth grade level. The program is characterized by open-entry/open-exit enrollment, self-paced instructional modules that differentiate students’ goals and learning styles, flexible schedules, and performance-based evaluations. Highly qualified instructors facilitate learning and develop lesson plans in order to teach to the College and Career Readiness Standards as noted by the Florida Department of Education. Lessons and materials include career related success skills along with the academic components of Reading, Math, Language and digital literacy. 

Goals and objectives for ABE are: 

Completion time is also a variable depending on the student’s academic level at entry, time spent in the class, and program or personal goal requirements. 

Instructional Materials

The ABE classroom is equipped with a wide variety of multi-media materials to meet diverse academic levels, interests, and learning styles of students. These include textbooks, workbooks, programmed written materials, videos, computer software, and the Internet.  

Provisions for Meeting Individual Needs of Students  

Individualized lesson plans are prescribed for all students that address individual needs in reading, math, and language. Learning style questionnaires determine the student's learning style, in order to meet the needs of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.  

The Students with Disabilities Coordinator is available to provide assistance to students with special needs. Adult students with disabilities must self-identify and request accommodations.  

Student Progress Data

Students are given immediate feedback on all class work and tests. Scores and dates are recorded on individual prescription sheets. As students complete prescriptions, the TABE is re-administered. Computer printouts of all test grades and modular analysis are available for comparison.


Instructional strategies for this program include methods that require students to identify, organize and use resources appropriately; to work with each other cooperatively and productively; to acquire and use information; to understand social, organizational and technological systems; and to work with a variety of tools and equipment. Instructional strategies also incorporate methods to improve students’ personal learning strategies and high-order thinking skills.

After successfully completing appropriate coursework for each subject area of the program, the student will be able to either shift upwards into the GED® Preparation program or into the AAAE program. Students will also be expected to have completed a career plan and to have made progress towards enrollment in postsecondary or job placement.  


The ABE program provides the necessary skills for students to be successful employees in whatever career they choose.  To be successful in the workforce, college and career ready, graduates must possess both strong academic skills and good professional skills.  These types of skills are what employers are looking for in their employees, for example, communication skills, dependability, productivity, and teamwork. Instructors give assistance and counsel students regarding good professional skills in preparation for work force entry and/or entry into the GED® program of study. A career specialist and workshops are available to students throughout each semester.


Community representatives and school staff serve on the Adult General Education Advisory Committee. Committee members represent many of the schools and agencies with whom ABE staff must interact to coordinate efforts made on behalf of the student population. Educational trends at the local, state, and federal levels are shared among committee members.