Programs in this department are for those whose education has been interrupted or delayed, or is insufficient to achieve their current goals. Basic & Transitional Studies courses are designed to provide skills in reading, writing and mathematics that prepare students for college level work.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes enable adults to improve basic reading, writing and math skills and/or prepare for COMPASS college placement tests.

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes help non-native speakers to communicate in English, to increase their understanding of American culture, to become employed and to continue their studies. Note: These classes are available for immigrants, refugees and residents. Individuals with F,M,B, Student or J visas are not eligible for Basic & Transitional Studies. Please contact International Programs at 206-934-5360 for more information.

General Education Development (GED)® preparation classes provide an opportunity for adults who have not graduated from high school to earn a GED®.

NewHolly Learning Center, located on Beacon Hill, offers a variety of courses provided by the Basic & Transitional Studies department, Career Link Academy and Worker Training.


Robert Smith Building
(RSB 2)


Monday & Thursday:
7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday:
7:30 am - 4:30 pm