• Adult Basic Education is an academic program intended to provide you with meaningful learning opportunities. Census information reveals a need for Adult Basic Education services in all Minnesota cities and counties. Therefore, a delivery system of ABE providers has been established for statewide access to literacy services.

    Adult Basic Education is delivered statewide at over 500 sites located in public schools, workforce centers, community/technical colleges, prisons/jails, libraries, learning centers, tribal centers, and non-profit organizations. Programs have voluntarily formed ABE "consortia" (52 administrative units throughout the state) to maximize efficiency and to share resources.

    Mankato Adult Basic Education is an adult educational program designed for busy people. Classes are offered at flexible times and days to meet your hectic schedule. Students may enroll throughout the school year. 

    We help adults:
    • Attain employment and/or better their current employment.

    • Achieve high school equivalency (GED or Adult High School Diploma).

    • Attain skills necessary to enter post-secondary education and training.

    • Exit public welfare and become self-sufficient.

    • Learn to speak, read and write the English language.

    • Master basic academic skills to help their children succeed in school.

    • Become U.S. citizens and participate in a democratic society.

    • Gain self-esteem, personal confidence, and a sense of person and civic responsibility.   

    To be eligible for ABE services, an individual must be at least 17 years of age or older, not currently enrolled in secondary school, and functioning below the 12th grade level in any of the basic academic areas including reading, math or speaking English. Prior to enrollment in any ABE program, an assessment test is required to determine academic eligibility.  


    Monday through Thursday
    9:00 am - 11:30 am
    Additional classes are available from 12:00 - 2:00 pm - enrollment is required at the beginning of each quarter

    Tuesday and Wednesday
    5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Please call (507) 345-5222 for more information about GED class in Mankato.

    New Ulm Workforce Center GED class schedule:
    Please call (507) 779-5827 for more information about the GED class schedule in New Ulm.

    Benefits to enrolling in GED preparation classes:

    • Receive assistance in brushing up your skills to increase your chances of passing the test.
    • Receive a discount on testing fees.
    • Take official practice tests at no cost (only available to current students).

    Ready to test?
    To register to take the official GED test at the Lincoln Community Center, visit www.ged.com to create an account and schedule your test.


    English as a Second Language classes are offered to adults whose native language is not English and who wish to improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, or grammar. Both morning and evening classes are offered. Citizenship and Family Literacy classes are available to students enrolled in ESL classes.

    ESL Class Schedule
    Day Classes
    Monday - Thursday
    8:30 am - 2:00 pm
    Evening Classes
    Tuesday - Thursday
    5:30 pm -8:30 pm
    *Pre-registration is required for all ESL classes. 

    ADDITIONAL CLASSES (call for more information)
    Citizenship, Adult diploma, College prep, Basic skills training, Beginning computer, Job skills class, Family learning, FastTRAC career - pathway programming
    GED Testing, Child care, Transportation, Tutoring
    Adult High School Diploma, GED, Certified Nursing Assistant, Computer Integrated Machining, Northstar Digital Literacy, Welding
    ServSafe Food Handling, National Retail Federation, US Citizenship, Para Pro 


    SKILL Employment Preparation Class
    This unique class offers work-related training in vital job skills to help reduce poverty and enhance employability, while empowering adults to become productive citizens and accelerate their social transformation. Please call (507) 345-5222 for more information.

    FastTRACK Career Pathway Programming
    Start a new career by enrolling in a FREE 8-week preparation course. Courses are available in the 2 leading industries in our region: Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing.

    Gain the confidence necessary to enroll in college and get a better job!
    Start a new career by enrolling in a FREE 8-week preparation course. Courses are available in the 2 leading industries in our region: Healthcare and Advanced Manufacturing.

    8-week courses include:

    combination of face-to-face and online instruction
    basic skills and computer literacy development
    exploration of the industry
    connection with local resources
    basic understanding of workplace and college vocabulary
    Successful completion of this course will lead to enrollment in South Central College, where you will be provided resources necessary for success in college and the workplace.

    Please call (507) 345-5222 for more information about eligibility requirements and enrollment. Eligible participants must meet academic requirements and be eligible to work in the United States.



    Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial is part of the Mankato Area Adult Basic Education Consortium.

    If you are interested in Adult Basic Education classes, please call 507-345-5222.

    Classes are held at the Lincoln Community Center in Mankato

    Lincoln Community Center Site
    110 Fulton Street
    Mankato, MN 56001
    Office-Room 252
    Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Phone: (507) 345-5222
    Fax: (507) 387-6716
    Email:  abe@isd77.org