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Tacoma Community College » Areas of Study » Transitional Studies

Transitional Studies

Photo of a wall in Building 7 with signs for ABE, GED, and ESL. At TCC, we're committed to helping all students reach their goals for education and employment.

Wherever life takes you ... you're moving up!

Beyond our traditional college transfer and career training programs, we offer a variety of courses and support services to help students upgrade skills in reading, writing, communicating and mathematics.

We also offer English-language classes for non-English speakers.

Wherever you are now, wherever you want to go, you'll find the next stepup at Tacoma Community College.

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Basic Skills Center

CASAS Testing

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

I-BEST Programs

International Student Visas




"I want to go to college, but I don’t think my English and math skills are good enough."

  • Adult Basic Skills - Improve your basic reading, writing, math, conversation, employment, computer literacy and life skills. We can also help you earn your high school diploma through our High School 21 Program (HS21+) or help you build your skills to prepare for your GED exam.
  • Developmental Studies: Written Communication & Math - Develop the academic skills you need to enter college-level courses.

"I want to begin a certificate or degree program now, but I assessed below college level."

"I want to go to college, but I need to improve my English language skills. English is not my first language."

  • Adult English as a Second Language (AESL)- For non-native English speakers who want to improve English communication, listening, reading, grammar, and writing skills to prepare for college and improve job skills.
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) -
    Bring your English up to a classroom-ready level and prepare to earn your degree with college-level courses at TCC.
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