Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program offers non-credit courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency Exam (HiSET) / General Educational Development (GED) Preparation.
Summer Session A classes will begin May 16, 2022.  Session B classes will begin on July 5.  Classes are offered online and in person. 

Program Areas

Through CNM's ABE Program, you can take classes in the following areas:

The HSE Program provides classes and tutoring to students preparing to take the GED or HiSET exams. 

There is a $10 registration fee per term.  

How to Apply

New Students

New students (or students that have been out of the program for one year) must attend a virtual orientation. Once orientation is complete, each student will receive a link to apply for admission. Additional steps will be included in the orientation presentation and in the admissions letter. Please fill out our High School Equivalency (HSE)GED in Spanish, or English as a Second Language (ESL) Orientation Form to register for an orientation.

Continuing Students

Continuing students will work with their instructors to determine their next courses.

Note: If you're 16 or 17 years old, you must provide the Underage Permission Form in order to proceed to registration.

The CNM ABE Program has laptops available for loan to ABE students. We are excited to provide this opportunity to support your educational endeavors. If you need to borrow a laptop, please click the button below, then enter your CNM log-in credentials to complete the form:

Request or Return a Loaner Computer

If you have questions, please contact us by phone (505) 224-4282 or email us at

The ABE Program

The ABE Program exists to help you identify and achieve basic educational goals. To do that, we offer affordable, non-credit classes in basic reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and English as a Second Language. These classes can help you prepare for higher education, job advancement, and personal fulfillment.

Our program acknowledges and utilizes the experience, wisdom, and needs of adult learners to provide a pathway that can lead to success in college, careers, and the community. Our mission emphasizes educational and intellectual growth, affordability and accessibility, and the potential for positive life changes for you.

The ABE program is a separate non-college credit component of CNM. You will receive the same services and benefits as other CNM students. However, ABE students do not follow the traditional admission or registration process and are not eligible for financial aid.

There is a $10 registration fee per term. 

Program Eligibility

If you are under 16, you are not admitted to Adult Basic Education classes. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must have an underage permission form from the school district that you last attended:

Albuquerque Public Schools
6400 Uptown Blvd. NE
(505) 855-9042

Rio Rancho Public Schools
500 Laser Rd.
(505) 896-0667

For all other school districts, contact your superintendent’s office.

The ABE program is a part of the School of Adult & General Education (SAGE) at CNM.


A student who misses the first class meeting and has not contacted the instructor, or who misses two consecutive class meetings in the first week, may be dropped from the course.

Students who are dropped by an instructor for non-attendance will be notified at their CNM e-mail address.

Please read our attendance policies.

Student Code of Conduct

Students are expected to be respectful, polite, and fully engaged in learning. All students must abide by the CNM Student Code of Conduct which includes both academic and non-academic guidelines. Please visit the Dean of Students webpage at the link provided for more information.