Adult Education Programs

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Adult Education (AE) programs are designed to assist students gain the skills or certification needed to take college courses or pursue career pathways that lead to better employment opportunities. The department is composed of the following areas: English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Equivalency (e.g. GED® or HiSET), Basic Literacy (in English and Spanish) Literacy and Transition to College programs. The AE division works closely with public libraries and school districts and other community-based organizations, in addition to various entities at the college.

For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3513.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed to build the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of non-native English speakers. Classes are offered in the morning and evening to meet the needs of working adults. Classes are held online and in blended format. In addition, the Adult Education Department offers citizenship courses. All classes are free. As classes tend to fill up quickly, early registration is strongly advised. For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3513.

High School Equivalency (HSE) Programs

These programs are designed to assist adults who do not have a high school diploma and wish to develop basic skills or prepare for the High School Equivalency Exam (e.g. GED® or HiSET). Classes are held in the morning and evening, in online and blended format. Constitution review classes are offered on Saturdays. High School Equivalency courses are offered in Spanish and English.

For more information, please call (708) 456 0300, Ext. 3259.

Literacy Programs

Two literacy programs – in English and Spanish – help students develop basic reading and writing skills in English or in Spanish. The goal is to help students with emerging literacies to transition into ESL or HSE classes. Tutors conduct sessions one-on-one and in small groups. For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3730.

Transition Programs

The AE department offers two types of transition programs that prepare students for college and a career.

1) Bridge to College: Students are enrolled in HSE classes that help them improve literacy, language or numeracy skills while preparing to enter a variety of college courses with a career pathway. Bridge programs help students by applying your learning to a career field. 

2) Integrated Education and Training program: Students are co-enrolled in a HSE course and a certificate program in the career and technical education (CTE) fields. The HSE instructor helps students succeed in in the certificate course by team-teaching with the CTE instructor and teaching a support class to help with homework, test preparation, and review of class lessons and materials.

For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3837.