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 West Side Learning Center


West Side Learning Center​
The West Side Learning Center currently offers Adult Education, Professional and Personal Development, Basic Nursing Assistant, and credit courses. Spaces are available for rent; contact Facilities Management​ for more information.

Adult Education Department
Adult Education is a comprehensive program of free classes for adult students who need to learn or improve their English language or basic literacy skills, obtain a High School Equivalent (GED or HiSET) certificate, or transition to college or a career.

Testing and Registration Schedule (time slots may vary between Main and WSLC            

Monday and Wednesday:  10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday:   3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  
Saturday: 9:30 a.m.

Class Schedule                         

Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.                        

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.       

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​ Credit Courses       

Adult Education Department Services                    

High School Equivalent (HSE) preparation classes (in class or online)
English as Second Language (ESL) 
Transition/College Readiness
Workforce preparation and Bridge classes
Basic Reading and Math skills

Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program
Associate Dean of Nursing

The eight-week Basic Nursing Assistants (BNA) program prepares students to work in the healthcare industry as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Students are introduced to the discipline of nursing and the basic approaches to patient care.  Five programs are offered each year at WSLC and Malcolm X College – two in the spring and fall and one during the summer. Students complete 120 hours of theory and skill practice on-campus.  Theory classes are held 3-4 days per week (M-Th) for 6.5 hours each day. 40 clinical hours are completed between weeks 6 and 8.  The clinical hours are completed within 5-8 hour days.             

Upon successful completion of all components of the program, the graduate must pass the State of Illinois          Competency Examination to become recognized as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
Completion of a BNA Program and certification as a CNA are pre-requisite requirements for admission into the AAS Nursing Degree Program at Malcolm X College.                           

Click on the following link for further information about the BNA Program and admission requirements:       
Professional and Personal Development Department 
The Department of Professional and Personal Development offers classes daily, evenings, weekends, online and in intensive workshop formats to attract students who want to earn industry certification such as Basic Nursing Assistant or Food Service Sanitation as well as students who want to take classes for personal enrichment or recreational purposes.

Auxiliary Services Department
The department oversees the day-to-day operations related to campus building management and operations in an effort to provide an efficient, safe and well-maintained environment for students, faculty, staff and the general public.   ​    ​​​​​​    ​




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Contact Information

(312) 850-7420
(312) 859-7440
4624 West Madison Street
Chicago , IL 60644
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Mon. - Fri. 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday   7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday     Closed

During holidays and breaks, the building is closed unless prior arrangements have been made.


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