Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education (ABE) offers free classes for adults who need to brush up on basic skills, complete their GED, prepare for college, or improve their English.

Class Information

All classes are taught in English and most are held on the second floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC), located at 1651 Jefferson Parkway. Classes are for adults 17 and older who are not currently enrolled in high school.

Please contact Clarice Grabau for class dates or other questions, at 507.664.3764 or

Registration and Orientation

Please register during the first two weeks of class semester. You will complete paperwork and a short assessment, which will take 1 ½ – 2 hours. English language students who wish to join the class later will register and begin class the first week of each month.

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Semester 2: January 3 – June 1

Learn English

In this class all levels of English language learners can improve basic vocabulary, reading, writing and conversation.

Community Services_Adult Basic EducationInglés como segundo idioma – Clases son para todos niveles de inglés. Las clases incluyen vocabulario, lectura, escritura y conversaciones en inglés.

  • 9:15 – 11:30 a.m. M & W, Greenvale Park Elementary School
  • 6 – 8:30 p.m. M & W, NCRC

Conversation Class takes place on Thursday evenings at Carleton.

Family School

Family School is for English language learners with children ages 0-5 years old. Parents and children learn together in this unique class. We focus on literacy, parenting, life and job skills.

Escuela Familiar – Escuela Familiar es un programa especial para quienes inglés no es su lengua materna y que tengan hijos de recién nacidos a 5 años de edad. Mejore sus habilidades del inglés y técnicas de alfabetización temprana para su hijo en esta clase, que concentra en aumentar las habilidades en la crianza de los hijos, la vida cotidiana y en el empleo. Lleve a sus hijos de 5 años y menores a la clase y aprendan juntos. Puede proveerse transporte. No se requiere inscripción previa.

  • 1 – 3 p.m. T, W & Th, Centro de Recursos Comunitarios de Northfield / Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC)

Math/Reading/GED Prep

Improve your skills in basic math through pre-algebra, reading, writing, computer technology and studying; prepare for the ACCUPLACER, college or employment; or reach your goal of obtaining a GED.

  • 6 – 8:30 p.m. M, NCRC
  • 9 – 11:30 a.m. T, NCRC

Official GED Testing

GED testing is scheduled through the GED Testing Service.

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