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Adult Basic Education

Program start or delivery methods may be modified or adjusted to ensure that Cumberland College programs and services follow the direction, advice and guidance of the provincial and federal governments and Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer during this time of uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Adult Basic Education (ABE) is an umbrella term that refers to a wide range of services. Credit and non-credit programs are designed to help adult learners achieve their goals. 

These goals may include:

ABE Update:

  1. Programs are running primarily online with some face to face support but limited on-campus requirements
  2. On-campus and online instructor support and online tutor support available for all classes
  3. Seats maybe available in all programs in January
  4. Opportunity to enter for a single class and be complete in approximately 6 weeks for High School completion and upgrading.
  5. With the 4 Block system (2 classes for 9 to 10 weeks), new ABE 12 classes will run:
    • Block 1 – August 24 to October 23, 2020
    • Block 2 – October 26 to December 22, 2020
    • Block 3 – January 5 to March 9, 2021
    • Block 4 – March 10 to May 28, 20201
  6. New Level 2, Pre-ABE10, program will start in January in Nipawin


Level 2 – Pre - ABE 10

- programming to build up skills and confidence in math, communications and digital literacy.

Level 3 - ABE 10

– A five credit program offered by the Ministry of Immigration & Career Training intended to prepare you for further education or entry into programs requiring a Grade 10.

Classes include:

The Nipawin program also offers a 30 Level Elective, Financial Literacy 30 – which reduces your ABE 12 requirements to only another 6 credits.

Level 4 - ABE 12

– An Adult 12 is a 7 credit program that uses Ministry of Education 20 and 30 level classes to provide you with the academic credits necessary to graduate and continue on to post-secondary programming with Sask Polytech or university.

There are 5 compulsory credits:

Two 30 electives are also required and we offer: (not all courses are available at all locations)

Tisdale also offers:

These two classes are dual credit classes and can be used as 30 level electives and also are 2 of the 3 classes necessary for the ECE Level 1 Certificate of Achievement.


On line classes from any location include:


At this time, programs are being offered throughout the region in Melfort, Nipawin, Tisdale, James Smith Cree Nation, Little Red First Nation, and Red Earth First Nation. 

How to Apply: Applications are accepted at any time.  Students are sent a letter of invitation to attend the testing and interviews that are scheduled for November and April.

Current Program Offerings


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