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Adult Education Department

Victor Castillo

Dean, Adult Education
 

Adult Education is a comprehensive program of free classes for adult students who need to learn or improve their English language, basic literacy skills, obtain a GED certificate, or prepare for the Citizenship exam.


The mission of the Adult Education Division of the City Colleges of Chicago is to provide adults with preparatory and developmental instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Citizenship, English as a Second Language (ESL), and/or General Educational Development (GED) to meet students' individual goals. Individual goals may include post-secondary education, employment skills training, and/or personal and career enhancement.  

Courses

To take placement exams and register for classes, visit or call the Adult Education office at the City Colleges location near you.      

Free classes are offered at Daley College, satellite locations, and other community sites to help students improve the English language or basic literacy skills, obtain a GED certificate, or prepare for the Citizenship Exam.  Specific services include:      

  • GED Preparation classes (classroom instruction or online)
  • English as second language (ESL) 
  • Basic reading and math skills (ABE)
  • College readiness 
  • Workforce preparation and Health Bridge classes: call (773) 838-7551
  • Manufacturing: call (773) 838-7551
ESL information line in four languages (773) 838-7960
GED information line in English and Spanish (773 ) 838-7769


Eligibility

In general, students must be at least 18 years old in order to enroll in adult education classes. However, 16 and 17 year-olds may register with an official high school release letter certifying that they are no longer attending high school.      

Adult Education classes are intended for people who live in or near Chicago. They are not appropriate for students with F1, F2, H1, J1, or J2 visas, nor are they appropriate for short-term visitors to the U.S.      

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Programs

 

Faculty & Staff

Victor Castillo, Dean of Adult Education (773) 838-7800 Ext. 7795   

Emily Fitzmaurice, Associate Dean of Adult Education (773) 838-7802   

Jennifer LePretre, Adult Education Manager (773) 838-7990 

Ewa Lazowska, Adult Education Manager (773) 838-7799

Taaj Abdur-Rahman, Adult Education Manager (773) 843-4364

Mariza Martinez, Adult Education Coordinator (773) 838-7806  

Reza Ebadi, Adult Education Coordinator (773) 838-7806   

Rasha Farmer, Transition Specialist (773) 838-7794

Ana Reyes, Transition Specialist (773) 838-7884    

Priscilla Minenger, Transition Specialist (773) 838-7880

Related Services

Contact Information

Phone: 
(773) 838-7800
Fax: 
 
7500 S. Pulaski Road
Room 502, Building 500
Chicago, IL 60652
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Hours

Monday - Thursday:
7:45 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Friday:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Publications

​Online GED course information:       

(312) 553-3334