Adult Education Programs

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education is designed to improve an adult’s basic academic skill levels, or to help prepare for the high school equivalency (GED®) program. Students are provided instruction and review in reading, math, English, and writing.

High School Equivalency (GED®) Exam

The high school equivalency (GED®) program is designed to prepare students for a high school diploma. Instruction is provided in the subject areas of the official GED® exam:  Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. Since the exam is computer-based, preparation will also include instruction in how to take the test on a computer, as well as more intensive instruction in specific subject areas. Students will be required to have passing scores on both the written TABE and computerized GED® Ready Test before taking the official GED® exam.  Students who pass the official GED® exam will be issued an Arkansas High School Diploma through the Arkansas Department of Career Education, Adult Education Division, and are invited to participate in the NTI official graduation ceremony in June.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a Second Language is designed for adults whose native language is not English. Classes are offered in a variety of skill levels, from beginning to advanced, based on the English proficiency of each student. Classes are student-friendly and provide adults practice in reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English language. Adults may advance to working on a high school diploma when ready.

United States Citizenship
Instruction and practice are provided to prepare individuals to pass the United States Citizenship test.  Classes cover potential exam questions, practice interviews, historical events, civic duties and responsibilities, and other important information about the citizenship/naturalization process.

Family Literacy
The Adult Education Center, in partnership with the Springdale Public School system, offers classes in Family Literacy in several elementary and middle schools throughout the community.  Parents of students attending a participating public school may enroll throughout the year based on availability of space.

Distance Learning
The Adult Education Center offers online classes through Distance Learning. Online preparation for the GED® test, English classes, computer basics and training, and many other courses are offered to students working online. All courses are free. Adult Education Distance Learners can work from different mobile devices using an Internet connection. Students must have their own device and access their own Internet connection to work remotely.

Additionally, hybrid classes that support students both in the regular classroom and online, a virtual classroom, online resources for GED® test takers, career training, and other resources designed to make online learning effective and student friendly are built into the free Distance Learning program. Distance education allows students to continue pursuing their educational and career goals while also continuing their busy lives. Technology is the tool that makes this happen. Contact NTI Adult Education for more information about Distance Learning, or visit www.ntistudent.net.

WAGE (Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy)
WAGE® is a FREE job readiness training program funded through the Arkansas Department of Career Education, Adult Education Division. The program is offered at no cost to job seekers, current employees, and employers; the program is fully provided by taxpayer dollars through Arkansas Adult Education Centers.


WAGE® offers six certifications that can be earned to enhance a resume at a future or current employer while building new skills.  More than one certification may be earned (stacked) by any individual. The certificates include the following:

1st Level Certificates

  • Employability

  • Customer Service 1


2nd Level Certificates

  • Customer Service II

  • Bank Teller

  • Office Technology

  • Industrial



Academic Transitions with Technology
Free training in keyboarding and computer skills are offered to adults of all levels through instructor-guided, self-paced lab classes.  Each student receives training based on individual skill and need.

Career Preparation/Transitions
Career planning and preparation are available to individuals as needed. The center has a fully certified Career Development Facilitator (CDF) on staff, and offers assistance in career search and preparation, postsecondary educational pursuits, and workplace competencies. Certificates are available for individuals completing certain coursework.

Basic Skills/Test Prep Instruction
Adults who need extra help in areas such as reading, writing, or math, are welcome to contact or visit the Adult Education Center to determine if the desired services are available.  Instruction in COMPASS Prep and other postsecondary entrance exams are also available.


The NTI Adult Education Center provides equal access to all programs and activities.  Accommodations for disabilities are available.

Confidentiality:  No student information will be shared with a third party without the written consent of that student.

All services are paid by the Arkansas Department of Career Education, Adult Education Division.

GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (ACE). They may not be used or reproduced without the express written permission of ACE or GED Testing Service®. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license from the American Council on Education.