General Education, Basic Studies and ESL

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Downtown Campus

General Education
Basic Studies
Lynn Neal, Instructor and Admissions Advisor

students in class

General education and basic studies courses are an important component to a Bates education. You can start now on prerequisite courses if you're on a waitlist for a career education program. Completion of general education requirements for degrees and certificates can complement your industry-specific skills training.

General education courses develop competence in communications, computation and human relations that are necessary to succeed in the workplace and the broader community for professional and personal growth and development. They also provide a foundation for your future educational efforts.

Basic studies courses prepare students to be successful in their general education courses.

No matter where you start in your academics, we can help you reach your goals.

Allied Health Courses

Bates offers several paths for those needing to take prerequisite course for entry into various health field, including our Practical Nurse and Occupational Therapy Assistant program. 

ABE/ESL and High School Equivalency/GED® Courses

Our Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency and General Education Development (GED®) preparation courses help those who need to improve math, reading and writing skills and English as a learning language skills.  These courses come at the low cost of only $25/quarter.

These classes transition into general education courses as your skills improve. Adults can start in some career education programs while enrolled in ABE or ESL classes. GED preparation classes help students prepare to take the required five tests for high school equivalency.

Bates offers ABE/ESL, High School Equivalency and GED® classes at the Downtown Campus, and at these off-campus locations:

  • Tacoma Goodwill (GED®), 714 S. 27th Street, Tacoma
  • Salishan Family Investment Center (GED® , evening), 1724 E. 44th Street, Tacoma

For more information, attend a testing session with your ID. To find out more about testing times and availability, please call the Assessment Center located in room M216. 253-680-7030