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Adult Education

Mario Jackson, Ed.D.

Dean of Adult Education

Mission Statement    

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.


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 Malcolm X 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.

Services include:

  • GED Preparation classes (classroom instruction or online)
  • English as second language (ESL) 
  • College readiness 
  • Workforce preparation and Bridge classes
  • Basic reading and math skills


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 17 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

Dr. Mario Jackson Dean of Adult Education (312) 850-7300
Pamela Lynch Associate Dean of Adult Education (312) 850-7292
(312) 850-7424
Diane Brandon Coordinator (Early School Leaver Transition Program) (312) 850-7269 
Lee Willis Adult Education Transition Specialist (Gateway) (312) 850-7282
Ted Fields Adult Education Transition Specialist (Gateway) (312) 850-7282
Linda Ollins Adult Education Coordinator (312) 850-7096
Christ Andronis Adult Education Coordinator (312) 850-7276
Lautauscha Davis Adult Education Curriculum Coordinator (312) 850-7272
Dr. Akemi Haynie Curriculum Specialist (312) 850-7272
Raeann Caldwell Administrative Assistant (312) 850-7280
Lillian Bell Adult Education Manager (312) 850-7424
Dr. Henry Horace Adult Education Manager (312) 850-7439

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Contact Information

(312) 850-7300
1900 W. Van Buren
Room 2308 / Bridge Center
Chicago, IL 60612
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Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 7:00 pm 

8:00 am – 4:00 pm 

8:30 am – 1:00 pm


​West Side Learning Center 
4624 W. Madison 
Chicago, IL 60644 
(312) 850-7420