Welcome to Transition Studies at South Puget Sound Community College
The SPSCC Transition Studies program prepares students for entry into college level coursework, vocational-technical programs, and workplace readiness through a variety of programs to meet student goals. Transition Studies administration, staff, and faculty offer an environment which is challenging and supportive while celebrating the diversity of its student population.
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
The ABE program helps students build their skills to prepare for GED® testing, high school diploma, pre-college, and college level course work.
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at South Puget Sound Community College has six levels of classes to help non-native speakers of English improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
High School 21+
If you're over 21 and need to get your high school diploma, check out the High School 21+ program at SPSCC. HS21+ students can receive a high school diploma by demonstrating their competence in reading, writing, and math. Sign up for a HS21-GED Information session below to learn more.
South Puget Sound Community College is an official High School Equivalency (GED®) Testing Center. The High School Equivalency (GED®) certificate is available for adults who have not completed high school. Sign up for a HS21-GED Information session below to learn more.
I-BEST means Integrated Basic Education Skills Training.
I-BEST is a nationally recognized teaching model that allows students to increase literacy and work skills so that they can earn credentials, get living wage jobs and put their talents to work for employers. I-BEST pairs two instructors in the classroom, one to teach professional and technical content and the other to teach reading, writing, math or English Language.
I-BEST is for students who:
- want a job in high demand field (Automotive Technology , Office Clerk/Receptionist , Certified Nursing Assistant)
- are highly motivated to achieve education and career goals
- can attend full-time classes
- can qualify for Transition Studies
For more information contact Angela Holley by email: or phone: (360) 754-7711 (ext. 3366)
Transition Studies classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening at the main campus in Olympia and at the new Lacey campus, located off Sixth Avenue across from the Lacey Transit Center.
$25 tuition + $30 college fees ($55 total) per student covers all Transition Studies classes taken each quarter.
How to Register for a Transition Studies Class
1) Sign up for and attend an Information Session for the program that matches your goal. At the Information Session you will register for an orientation class.
SIGN UP HERE FOR ABE INFORMATION SESSION
SIGN UP HERE FOR HIGH SCHOOL 21- GED INFORMATION SESSION
SIGN UP HERE FOR ABE (MATH ONLY) INFORMATION SESSION
2) Take a CASAS entry test at the college Testing Center.
For hours and location information see the Testing Center Calendar.
3) Attend orientation class. In orientation class you will activate your student email account, learn about Canvas (online learning platform), develop your academic plan and register for the Transition Studies class that best matches your goal.
Students, who are returning after six or more months, must go through the new student steps (see above),
Students, who are returning after missing one quarter (less than six months), should contact Angela Holley for a registration appointment.
Other Important Information:
Children are not allowed in the test sessions, Welcome Sessions, or in classes.
Students who need disability accommodations should contact Disability Support Services.