instructors assisting Transitional Studies students

Department of Transitional Studies Home (formerly Basic Skills)

The purpose of Transitional Studies is to inspire and support our students to engage in ongoing academic, personal, and career development.

We do this by assisting adults to:

  1. Become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency,
  2. Gain educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children, and
  3. Complete a secondary school education. 

The North Carolina Community College System provides educational opportunities for adults to improve their reading, writing, mathematics, and communication skills through five major program components (Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency, Adult High School, English Language Acquisition).

A-B Tech Community College offers the following Transitional Studies programs:

Adult Basic Education (ABE) and High School Equivalency (HSE)


English Language Acquisition (ELA) / English as a Second Language (ESL)

Flyers for ELA/ESL Spring 2016 Classes & Registration

ELA/ESL is intended to improve the English reading, speaking, and writing skills of non-native students. American culture, history, and life skills are also taught.  

Additional help is available for ELA students to identify transitional pathways that may accelerate their entry into employment or post-secondary education.

Adult Basic Education Foundations

ABE Foundations is an academic track for adults with intellectual disabilities. Emphasis is placed on helping each student become as independent as possible, primarily by improving academic, social, survival, and independent-living skills.  

A-B Tech, in partnership with The Arc of NC and TEACCH Autism has been approved as a Project Search site for implementation in Fall 2016. Project SEARCH is an evidence-based training program involving intensive internships and contextualized instruction designed to maximize employment potential for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.