15525 Mendota Avenue, P.O. Box 416, Redby, MN 56670

Main: 218.679.3350 ┃ Toll Free: 888.404.0686 ┃ Fax: 218.679.4317





Mission Statement:

The mission of Adult Basic Education, ABE, in Red Lake is to provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve the literacy skills needed to obtain their General Education Diploma (GED). This will help relatives to become self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members and citizens.


What is the GED?

The GED tests give individuals the opportunity to pass and earn a State of Minnesota General Education Diploma. 

GED diplomas are widely accepted as meeting the high school graduation requirements for the purpose of employment, promotion and licensing. In addition, most colleges and universities will accept the GED diploma as meeting the school's requirements for a high school diploma.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a TANF relative (client)

    • Make sure your Career Development Plan is up to date

    • Schedule classes through your case manager

  • Must be a 477 relative in order to receive the incentives

    • Schedule classes through your case manager

  • If you are 19 years old, do not already have a recognized and documented high school diploma, and are not currently enrolled in high school, you are eligible to take the GED in Minnesota without an age waiver.

Why should I get my GED?

  • Meet minimum qualifications for local jobs or entry into the U.S. Military

  • Eligibility for ongoing education & career opportunities

  • Self-esteem and pride

  • To set an example for younger family & community members

  • Self-challenge and accomplishment

  • Enjoy the company and camaraderie of the staff & other candidates in the GED Program

  • Enrolled members of the Red Lake Nation & TANF clients may be eligible to receive a monetary incentive upon completion

The Test

  • In Minnesota, individuals who do not have a high school diploma may be able to earn a state of Minnesota GED Diploma by passing the GED test. The four tests in the GED battery measure academic competencies similar to many of those required of a Minnesota high school graduate.

Getting an Age Waiver

  • If you are 17 or 18 years old and are not currently enrolled in high school, you must apply for an age waiver before testing. In addition to the form, you will need to bring a valid, current government-issued photo ID to the testing site.

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