Northwest Service Cooperative Adult Basic Education (ABE) was recently selected as
one of 4 programs in the state to begin training to offer the new Statewide Adult High
School Diploma to adult learners in northwest Minnesota. Other consortia who will also
receive this training include Adult Options in Education (Hopkins), Department of
Corrections (Lino Lakes), Lakes and Prairie ABE (Wadena). Once training is completed
in late 2017, ABE will begin to offer standard Adult Diploma instruction in the
communities of East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, and Bemidji, with ancillary access to
the program available in other school districts within the consortium following the
initial pilot rollout of the program. This is the third round of implementation training
offered by the Dept. of Education, and when rollout is complete, adult learners in this
region of the state will have three options for completing their high school diploma.
1. K-12 Diploma Completion: Also known as Credit Completion or Credit Recovery. Traditional adult diploma programs are provided for eligible adults leading to a high school diploma from a sponsoring Minnesota school district. This is typically using a credit-completion model. Due to the intensive time commitment for adult students and expensive resource commitment for programs, this model is not available in many Minnesota ABE programs. In northwest Minnesota, this option is only available to adult learners through New Paths Learning Center in Crookston, MN.