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We offer all levels, from beginner to advanced. You can study during the day, nights, weekends, or even online​.                      
Learn about advanced ESL hybrid courses​ (50% online, 50% in class)

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Student Success

Umara Zetino
Wright College
Umara Zetino’s advice to anyone who has been out of the classroom for a while is pretty straightforward: “it doesn’t matter what age you are, as long as you have the will and the drive. If you want to earn your degree, you can do it.” And she should know. After leaving high school at...
Freddy Lucena
Malcolm X College
Freddy Lucena came to the U.S. from Caracas, Venezuela in 2016. While he was here on vacation, the political and economic situation in his country was getting worse, so he made the most difficult decision of his life – to make a new life in Chicago. He started taking ESL classes through Truman College in...
Suzzette Anderson
Olive-Harvey College
Suzzette Anderson grew up in Jamaica but moved to Chicago six years ago. The 49-year-old mother of two started at Olive-Harvey with GED classes. Once that hurdle was cleared, she was encouraged by Gateway staff to take credit classes at the college. As she worked toward her Associate of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management...
Latoya Harris-Pickens
Kennedy-King College
Once Latoya Harris-Pickens earned her GED, she was going to end her education there. The mom of four’s goal had been just to finish her high school education after the home health care company she worked for downsized. Then, a teacher at Kennedy-King College’s Dawson Technical Institute where she had been taking GED prep classes...

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​The City Colleges of Chicago Adult Education programs provide open access for learners from diverse backgrounds that deliver high quality education to prepare students to transition successfully into college, career pathways, the workforce and/or to meet personal goals as lifelong learners. In collaboration with community partners, the City Colleges of Chicago Adult Education program provides students with supporting services to meet their social, emotional and academic needs, leading to economic mobility.​