Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program

ABE helps you get a GED and builds your reading, writing, math and problem-solving skills.

This program may be right for you if you fall into one of these groups:

  • You didn't finish high school and need to improve your knowledge of math, reading, social studies and science as you prepare for the GED or other high school equivalency exam.
  • You did finish high school but when you took the college placement exam at Heartland Community College, the results showed you are not quite ready for college classes.


Morning and evening classes are available to fit your schedule. Most classes meet three days per week.


Classes are held on the main campus in Normal and at the Heartland Pontiac and Lincoln centers.


There is no cost to you. Classes are paid by state and federal grants.


  • If you take classes in Bloomington or Normal, you'll get a Heartland student ID once you start classes. With that ID, you can ride the Connect Transit buses for free.
  • If you are in Lincoln or Pontiac and have trouble with transportation, let your teacher know and they may have some ideas of how to help.


You may call the Child Development Lab on Heartland's campus to learn more about your childcare options. Their number is (309) 268-8210.

Get started

Give us a call and we'll answer any questions you have.

Before you can start class, you'll need to take a reading or math test so we know which class is best for you. You don't need to study for this test! Once we know your level and give you an orientation to our program, you'll be ready to begin classes.

Contact Us


Heartland Community College
Student Commons Building, 1000
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761


Heartland Community College
620 Broadway
Lincoln, IL 62656


Heartland Community College
211 E. Madison
Pontiac, IL 61764

Para información en español:  309-268-8185.