Overview

  • ABE class

    Adult Basic Education provides adults in Northern Dakota County with educational opportunities to acquire and improve literacy skills in order to become self-sufficient, proud employees, family members, and citizens. All classes are FREE.

    ABE offers the following classes:

    • English Language Learning (ELL)
      ELL classes are designed for adults who are new to the English language and U.S. culture. Instruction focuses on communication for everyday life, such as the workplace, for all levels of English speakers. Skills include reading, writing, speaking and listening.

    • GED Preparation Courses
      GED prep courses are FREE for community members wanting to take the GED examination. Classes are offered at a variety of times and locations throughout northern Dakota County.

    • Basic Skills Courses
      Do you want to brush-up on your skills for school or work? Classroom opportunities are available for native and foreign-born community members. Instruction is personalized and based on the goals of each learner. Basic skills courses offer classes in the following areas:

       - Grammar, punctuation, and writing
       - Fractions, percents, and decimals
       - Reading fluency and comprehension
       - Preparation for college or technical school
       - Preparation for the workforce

    • Family Learning Classes
      Classes are offered FREE of charge to families with young children who want to reach personal and/or professional goals. Classes are held at the Family Education Center at 104 5th Avenue South, South St. Paul and are open to families living in the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan, South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights School Districts. Family Learning classes are for you if you:

       - have children age 18 months to five;
       - want to brush up on your Adult Basic Education (ABE) skills; or
       - desire to work on English Language Learning (ELL) skills.
  • Contact Information 

    ABE Center (Main Office)
    517 Marie Avenue 
    South St. Paul, MN 55075

    Phone: (651) 306-3632
    Fax: (651) 552-3108


    Jeanne Zehnder
    Community Education Director
    (651) 306-3634
    jzehnder@sspps.org

    Linda Jacobs-Buse
    Community Education Facilitator
    (651) 306-3632
    abe@sspps.org

  • Class Locations

    Classes offered are FREE and are provided at a variety of times at the following locations:

    ABE Center (Main Office)
    517 Marie Avenue
    South St. Paul, MN 55075

    West Heights Area Learning Center

    150 Marie Ave E.
    West St. Paul, MN 55118

    Dakota County Northern Service Center (Room 102)
    1 Mendota Rd. W.
    West St. Paul, MN 55117