• About ABE GED®

  • The ABE/GED® program offers classes in both Spanish and English designed to develop the skills needed in reading, math, science, social studies and writing in preparation for the GED® tests, skill advancement and employability.

      • Individuals ages 16 or older are eligible to enroll.
      • Students under 18 must have the GED® Option Parent Assurance form and Authorization for GED® Testing or Release from Compulsory Attendance from the high school of their legal residence faxed to 503-491-6016 or brought to JumpStart.

    How to Begin

      • Attend one JumpStart Session (1 ½ hour time commitment*)
        No appointment needed to attend, however, you must be on time and have your Student ID number with you. When you attend a JumpStart session you will learn more about our program and complete a writing skills assessment.
      • For locations and times of Jumpstart sessions, click on the link below:


    Classes are 11 weeks long during the fall term, 10 weeks during winter and spring terms, and eight weeks during the summer. Fall classes begin in September, Winter classes begin in January and Spring classes begin in March. Check the Academic Calendar for exact dates.


    Our instructors are highly qualified. All have Masters Degrees in related field.

    Benefits to Students

    • Free use of facilities including the computer lab, library, gym and swimming pool. You will receive a student ID card when you enroll in class.
    • Free ABE/GED® tutoring services
    • Student Resource Specialist/Advisor

    ABE/GED Class Descriptions

    • Reading : Monday and Wednesday, 3 hours per week, $15*
    • Writing: Tuesday and Thursday, 3 hours per week, $15*
    • Math: 6 hours per week, $30*
      Social Studies and Science are integrated into each class.

    *Fee waivers available for those who qualify. Ask a staff member about eligibility.

    Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
    9-10:30 a.m. Reading Writing Reading Writing
    10:40-12:10 a.m. Math Math Math Math
    1-2:30 p.m. Reading Writing Reading Writing
    2:40-4:10 p.m. Math Math Math Math
    6-7:30 p.m. Reading Writing Reading Writing
    7:40-9:10 p.m. Math Math Math Math
    *Subject to change