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Adult Education

Chadra Lang

Interim Dean, Adult Education

Mission Statement
The mission of the Adult Education Division of the City Colleges of Chicago is to provide educational programs that help adults become literate, learn English as a second language, obtain a GED®  credential, and gain the knowledge, skills and guidance necessary for transition to college and career pathways.




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


Free classes are offered at Kennedy King College, satellite locations, and other community sites to help students improve basic literacy skills and/or obtain a GED® certificate. Specific services include:

  • GED® Preparation classes (classroom instruction or online)
  • Basic reading and math skills (ABE)  
  • College readiness
  • Workforce preparation and Bridge classes 


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 release letter certifying that they are no longer attending high school. (Recent arrivals to Chicago age 16 and 18 must have a parent or guardian fill out a form verifying that they have never attended a Chicago-area public 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.     




Faculty & Staff

​John McClure, Dean of Adult Education (773) 602-5204     

Barbara Searles, Adult Education Manager (773) 602-5347   

Jeffrey Matthews, Adult Education Coordinator (773) 602-3652     

Related Services

Contact Information

(773) 602-5340
747 W. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60621
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Monday through Friday
8:00a.m. to 9:00p.m.


​Dawson Technical Institute
3901 South State Street
773 451-2169

For off-campus locations call 773-602-5340