Adult Basic & Secondary Education

Are you a high school graduate who needs to improve your academic skills? Are you an individual seeking to obtain your high school equivalency diploma? If so, Blue Ridge Community College has a pathway that is right for you!

The Adult Basic & Secondary Education (ABSE) program provides educational opportunity for anyone who needs to improve their reading, writing, or math skills. Classes are offered at no cost during the day and evening at the Henderson and Transylvania campuses and at Goodwill Career Connections in Hendersonville. If you prefer to work at your own pace on the computer from the convenience of your home, distance education courses are offered in all subject areas and at all levels.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) offers structured, foundational classes for students with academic skills below the high school level. Learning modules run every four weeks with additional academic support provided through the College and Career Readiness Center.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE) offers a more individualized approach for students who are already at the high school level academically but who need to improve their skills before taking the high school equivalency exam (HSE) or moving on to college or training programs. ASE offers a FastTrack option with writing and math refresher workshops for learners who are ready to begin the HSE testing process. 


College and Career Readiness Center
The College & Career Readiness Center (CCRC) is designed to support the individualized needs of all learners. Students may utilize the center for additional academic support and instruction, career exploration, resume writing, workplace readiness workshops, or to improve their computer skills.


Frequently Asked Questions about Classes

Do I have to take the prep classes or can I just take the High School Equivalency (HSE) tests?

Classes are to help prepare you for the official tests.  If you already feel prepared, you can choose to go directly into HSE testing.


How much do the classes cost?

 The classes are free.


When are the classes offered?

Classes are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings, Monday through Thursday. Students can choose to work from home through our distance education program.


Where are the classes offered?

Henderson County: BRCC campus, Continuing Education Building; Goodwill Career Connections, 155 Four Seasons Blvd.
Transylvania County: BRCC campus, Strauss building, room 136.


What are the requirements for entering classes?

You must first schedule for orientation. During orientation, you will be assessed to determine your academic level. Based on your level and goals, you will be able to choose an education pathway that works best for you.


When is orientation offered?

Orientation is offered weekly at the Henderson County Campus and every other week at the Transylvania campus.


How long do the classes run?

Classes run continuously throughout the year. The length of time it takes a student to complete depends on their academic level and how often they are willing to come to class. Students who consistently attend classes are able to complete the program faster.


How do I get verification I am attending class?

You may request a verification letter after attending a minimum of 20 hours of class time and after completing a post test.  Please allow seven to ten business days from the date of your request.


Who do I contact about classes?

Contact the Adult Education & Literacy office to ask questions.
Henderson County: (828) 694-1745

Transylvania County: (828) 883-1907 

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Application for Adult Basic and Secondary Education Classes

 Application for Classes

Affidavit for Minors


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Contact or Visit Us

Henderson County Campus
Continuing Education Building, Room 211

Belinda Frantz
(828) 694-1745


Transylvania County Campus
Straus Building Library

(828) 883-2520 or (828) 694-1907