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ABE (Adult Basic Education) Academy

ABE (Adult Basic Education) Academy
Catawba Valley Community College
ABE (Adult Basic Education) Academy
2550 Hwy 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28681
Program Contact Vickie Vinson
Program Contact Email
Phone 828-327-7000 Ext. 4268
Website Program website

The ABE Academy is a literacy-based vocational training program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The ABE Academy offers instruction in basic academic areas as well as the opportunity for students to enroll in integrated education and training and/or pathways in specific vocational areas.

Program information submitted: October 3, 2022

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 50
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: None
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: Minimum of 17 years of age
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 90.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs:

As students continue through the program, they have opportunities to enroll in various occupational/vocational courses taught by other areas of the college. These courses typically have a fee associated with them.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • The ABE Academy itself, is free to students.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

We are in the beginning phases of offering more inclusive courses to our students. We currently have students enrolled in three different inclusive courses/programs and plan to develop more.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

The ABE Academy courses in basic academics. There are class developed specifically for our students by the Human Resources Development department. Those classes teach employability skills, workplace soft skills, and computer literacy.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 1-24%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Students receive a certificate of completion from the college for the ABE Academy
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Working Smart, NC Furniture Credential, First Aid/CPR, LEAN Manufacturing, OSHA10

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 40%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 40%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Our students are all referred to Vocational Rehabilitation Services as part of the enrollment criteria

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 1-24%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events