PSC Offering Tuition-Free ESL, Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Courses this Fall [07/24/2018]
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 2018. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 27.
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 Education (ABE) and High School Equivalency (HSE) courses are on Monday, July 30, at 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday, July 31, at 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 5 p.m.; and Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 9:30 a.m.
Registration dates for ESL courses are Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m.; Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m.; and Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m.
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 must 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.
ABE courses integrate college and career readiness skills with basic reading, writing, and math instruction.
HSE 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 ESL, ABE and HSE courses at PSC, call (708) 709-7931 or visit prairiestate.edu/adulted.