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PSC Offering Tuition-Free ESL, Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Courses This Fall

PSC Offering Tuition-Free ESL, Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Courses This Fall [07/19/2018]


The Adult Education Program at Prairie State College (PSC) is offering tuition-free English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency courses in fall 2017. Registration is required, and will be held at PSC Adult Training and Outreach Center (ATOC), located on the main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.

Registration dates for Adult Basic and High School Equivalency courses are:

  • Tuesday, July 25 at 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Monday, July 31 at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Registration dates for ESL courses are:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. 

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 28.

A free assessment is required upon registration for all programs. No appointment is necessary, although participants are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited. No children are allowed during the assessment. Participants also need to bring an official government-issued photo ID and proof of public assistance, if applicable. Students who are 16 or 17 years old must provide documentation proving formal withdrawal from high school.

The ESL program is designed to help people make the transition from different countries and cultures to American society. The purpose of the program is to teach skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening to those whose native language is not English. Classes are offered twice a week, and are held on and off campus. To find out more about registration dates and how to enroll, call (708) 709-3722.

Adult Basic Education courses integrate college and career readiness skills with basic reading, writing and math instruction. High School Equivalency classes offer preparation for the Illinois High School Equivalency Exam, the nationally accepted equivalent of a high school diploma. The four tests are science, social studies, mathematical reasoning and reasoning through language arts. Classes integrate these subjects with college and career readiness skills. For more information on Adult Basic and High School Equivalency classes, call (708) 709-7931.

 According to the Stevens Amendment Act, the grant-funded portion of Adult Education and the Family Literacy Program at PSC for Fiscal Year 2017 is financed with federal funds totaling $225,840.

PSC’s Adult Education Program is committed to providing services to our district residents. The districts PSC serves include Beecher, Chicago Heights, Crete, Flossmoor, Ford Heights, Glenwood, Homewood, Matteson, Monee, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, Steger, and University Park, including portions of Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest, Lynwood, Tinley Park, and adjacent unincorporated areas of Cook and Will counties. If you are not a resident of the PSC district, please contact your local village hall for a program near you.