ESL/GED Students Reach Higher

The HSE/GED Fall 2021 registration is now closed.

Please complete the registration interest form below to receive information on our Spring 2022 semester.

Complete Interest Form

The ESL/ GED en Español Fall 2021 registration is now closed.

Please complete the registration interest form below to receive information on our Spring 2022 semester.

Complete Interest Form

 

ADULT EDUCATION OVERVIEW
Prairie State College offers adult education classes free of charge to eligible individuals in need of basic education, preparation for the Illinois high school equivalency exam, English language proficiency, or one-on-one tutoring. Classes are available morning and evenings in the Adult Training and Outreach Center (ATOC).

ADULT LITERACY OVERVIEW
The adult literacy project is free of charge to eligible individuals who prefer one-on-one or small group tutoring in math, reading and writing. The Tutor Center is located in the Adult Training and Outreach Center (ATOC) in A142.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Directions to Adult Training and Outreach Center (ATOC)


Adult Education Faculty and Staff

Kim Marisa Kunce
Dean, Adult Education and Literacy
kkunce@prairiestate.edu
Phone: (708) 709-3684
Office: ATOC 105

Elda Godinez
Administrative Specialist, Adult Education and Literacy
egodinez@prairiestate.edu
Phone: (708) 709-3719
Office: ATOC 104

Aundrea Wilder
WIOA Navigator, Adult Education and Literacy
awilder2@prairiestate.edu
Phone: (708) 709-3561
Office: ATOC 115

Vicky Garcia
Career Pathways Advisor, Adult Education and Literacy
vgarcia2@prairiestate.edu
Phone: (708) 709-3721
Office: ATOC 128

Kisha Brown
Adult Literacy Specialist, Adult Education and Literacy
nbrown1@prairiestate.edu

Phone: (708) 709-3724
Office: ATOC 138

Adult Literacy Request for Information

Jennifer Eick-Magan
Associate Professor / Coordinator, English as a Second Language
jeick-magan@prairiestate.edu
Phone: (708) 709-3722
Office: ATOC 124

Angioletta Maltbia
ABE/GED Student Services Specialist, Adult Education and Literacy
amaltbia@prairiestate.edu
Phone: (708) 709-7931
Office: ATOC 127
ABE/High School Equivalency Request for Information

Yesenia Garcia
ESL Student Services Specialist, Adult Education and Literacy
ygarcia2@prairiestate.edu 
Phone:(708) 709-3790
Office: ATOC 125
ESL Request for Information/Para más información

Laura Guill
 Assistant Professor / Coordinator, Adult Basic and Secondary Education
lguill@prairiestate.edu 
Phone: (708) 709-7910
Office: ATOC 126

How much do classes cost?
$0

When is registration?
Registrations are held before the fall and spring semesters. To complete the Interest Form or Registration Form, please click here.

When do classes meet?
Math, reading, and English as a Second language classes meet twice per week. Classes are offered morning (9:30 am - 12:20 pm) and evening (6:30 pm - 9:20 pm).

Do I need to buy books for my class?
No. Books and other class materials are provided by the Adult Education and Literacy program.

What do I need to register for classes?

  • Complete the Interest or Registration form
  • Provide a valid state ID with a photo
  • Arrive on time to assessment/orientation
  • Do not bring children (for on campus registrations)

Who is allowed to take basic math and reading courses?
Individuals 16 years and older with or without a high school diploma are eligible.

What are Bridge courses?
Bridge courses prepare student to improve their reading, writing and English skills while learning about various careers.

Do you have classes off campus?
Not at this time. Check back for updated information.

 What does ESL mean?
English as a Second Language.

 What does ABE mean?
Adult Basic Education.

 What does HSE mean?
High School Equivalency (*GED is often used in place of HSE).

How long will it take me to learn English?
Language learning is different for everyone.

What is the ESL Bridge to Healthcare Careers program?
This program prepares advanced-level learners of English to be successful in a healthcare career.

What ESL classes do you offer?
Six levels of ESL:
(Note: Each level takes approximately one year to complete.)

  1. Beginning 1
  2. Beginning 2
  3. Intermediate 1
  4. Intermediate 2
  5. Advanced
  6. Advanced Reading and Writing
  • Bridge to Healthcare Careers program
  • Citizenship Training

Who is allowed to register for ESL classes?
Non-native English speaking adults 18 and older may attend ESL classes regardless of immigration status. 16-17 year olds who have not completed high school may register but must provide a Letter of Separation from a US high school.

What Adult Education classes do you offer?

  • Adult Basic Education classes in math and reading/writing (eligible to individuals with or without a high school diploma)
  • Adult Secondary Education classes (GED) in math, reading, writing, Science and Social Studies
  • Bridge to Careers programs (contextualized instruction while learning about various careers)
  • College preparation reading classes
  • College preparation math classes (pending)
  • GED en Espanol
Who is allowed to register for Adult Education classes?

  • Adults 16 years and older who do not have a high school diploma. 16-17 year adults who have not completed high school may register but must provide a Letter of Separation from their high school and must attend an orientation session.
  • Adults with a high school diploma who want to improve their reading, writing and math skills.
  • Adults who want to improve their English speaking, writing, and listening skills (ESL).

How do I take the GED test?
Go to www.gedtestingservice.com and set up a myGED account.

Who is allowed to register for GED classes?
Adults 18 years and older who do not have a high school credential. 16-17 year olds who have not completed high school may register but must provide a Letter of Separation from their high school and must attend an orientation session.

Congratulations to Prairie State College's GED Class of 2019!

  

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