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.

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ABE Laptop Loaner Program

Loaner laptops are available to current ABE students. 

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Non-credit courses in the ABE program are offered in basic reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and English as a Second Language. Coursework will prepare you 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.

Apply to an ABE Program

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. 

Note: If you're 16 or 17 years old, you must provide the Underage Permission Form in order to proceed to registration. Learn more about about applying as an Underage Student.

Program Areas

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered in 5-week courses at four (4) different levels. You can benefit from these courses if you are an adult of any age who would like to improve your proficiency in English for professional, academic, or personal reasons. You will study reading, writing, speaking, and listening in a relaxed environment with caring faculty.

You will learn about culture in the United States while acquiring the language and self-confidence to handle challenges that arise in daily life. Our instructors are qualified ESL professionals who use innovative methodologies and technology.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

High School Equivalency (HSE)

High School Equivalency (HSE) courses are offered in 5-week sessions at four (4) different levels. You can benefit from these courses if you are an adult who wishes to obtain a high school equivalency diploma by taking one of the two exams approved by New Mexico for high school equivalency. These exams are

  • The General Education Development (GED) test; or
  • The High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).
  • Non-credit HSE courses are offered in language arts, math, science,  and social studies.
  • HSE language arts and math courses are available in Spanish. 
  • Teaching methods involve traditional classroom instruction, distance learning, and tutoring in small groups or one-on-one.

High School Equivalency (HSE) Program


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.

Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2022

Session A Session B
Last orientation Saturday, August 27, 2022 Saturday, October 15, 2022
Last day to take the CASAS test Saturday, September 3, 2022 Saturday, October 22, 2022
Last day for student advising Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Last day to register Friday, September 9, 2022 Friday, October 28, 2022
Session Begins Monday, September 12, 2022 Monday, October 31, 2022
Session Ends Sunday, October 16, 2022 Sunday, December 4, 2022