Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is an education program that assists individuals 16 years of age and older, who do not possess a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Testing Certificate, who lack the skills associated with a high school education, or who lack the ability to speak, read or write in English.

Adult educators and staff assist adults to acquire the skills they need to accomplish their individual goals. Adult learners may set goals to learn to read, get a job, help their children in school, participate in society, earn a High School Equivalency Testing Certificate or enter college or job training programs.

Bristol Community College’s Center for Adult Basic Education and Workplace Literacy offers a range of service options in the Fall River, Taunton and Attleboro areas. Program and course offerings include:

  • Free comprehensive ABE programs that provide academic preparation, educational counseling, one-on-one tutoring, and support for continuing on to next steps
  • Fee-based ESOL and High School Equivalency Testing Preparation courses
  • Workplace classes
  • Professional development support for ABE staff

To speak with someone about class options, call (508) 678-2811 extension 2269 or 2272.

To read about specific programs/courses and their eligibility criteria, visit Before You Enroll.


Center for Adult Basic Education and Workplace Literacy

Fall River
1082 Davol St
Fall River, MA 02720
(508) 678-2811 x2373

43 Taunton Green
Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 977-9565

11 Field Rd.
Attleboro, MA 02703
2nd floor Room 214
(508) 678-2811 x 3532


Workplace Programs: (508) 678-2811 x 2368 or 2017

Funding for ABE services comes from diverse sources, including public grants, contracts, tuition and fees, and private contributions.