Adult Basic Education

Holyoke Community College's Adult Basic Education (ABE) Programs provide basic skills instruction in math, writing, and reading to adult learners in order to prepare them for their High School Equivalency Certificate through the HiSet test (formerly known as GED), jobs or higher education.  These programs can be found at a number of locations throughout Western Massachusetts.  

ABE Transition to College & Careers

ABE Transition to College and Careers

This free, non-credit program helps adults ages 18+ prepare for college and identify a career path. Classes are offered days and evenings and include intensive academic preparation in English reading and writing, math, study strategies and computers. Bilingual student support, tutoring and mentoring are integral parts of our program.

Thomas M. Gill III Community Technology Center

Gill Community Technology Center

A center to promote technology literacy and support the education and workforce programming of the PAFEC, the technology center offers free and low cost basic computer and software classes in English and Spanish. It also provides free open sessions for the general public, lab space for adult basic education (ABE) and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) classes, High School Equivalency preparation, Accuplacer (college placement) prep courses, as well as a career readiness certificate pilot program and Basic Essentials Skill Training for the Workplace (BEST) program.

SABES (System for Adult Basic Education Support)


Established in 1990 by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, SABES provides comprehensive training and technical assistance for ABE (Adult Basic Education) educators and programs throughout the state. The SABES western regional office at PAFEC provides teacher training in math, English, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and writing curriculum.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000