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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 hybrid courses​ (100% online)                    

Note: Due to the COVID-19 health crisis for the Fall 2020 semester all Adult Education classes are distance-learning including hybrid courses.


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Student Success

Aziza Mohammadi
Truman College
Before Aziza Mohammadi arrived in Chicago as a 17-year-old refugee from Sri Lanka, she didn’t have the chance to complete her high school education, but she was determined to go to college. Knowing she would first need to get her high school diploma, the refugee agency that helped Aziza’s family of six resettle in Chicago...
Alexander Hernandez
Truman College, Wright College
In less than ten years, Alexander Hernandez went from not speaking English, to his dream job at Google. When Alexander Hernandez came to the U.S. from Guatemala in 2011, he knew he wanted to learn English first – so he started taking free English as a Second Language classes at Truman College. Once he had...
Joann Sirles
Olive-Harvey College
When Joann Sirles retired after a successful career at Amtrak, she hadn’t planned on finding a whole new career – but that is just what happened at Olive-Harvey College. Originally from Philadelphia, Joann left high school before she was able to graduate because she had to go to work. After a job in retail and...
Lydia Bellil
Truman College
When Lydia Bellil moved to the U.S. from France when her husband got a new job, she knew she would finish her college education. Her first hurdle was to improve her English, so she headed to Truman College. Her husband had taken English classes there and it was close to their home, so it was...

Our Vision

​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.​