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 Adult Education (ESL, GED/HiSET)

Learn English (ESL) or complete your high school education (GED/HiSET) FOR FREE. Any level of learner accepted, from beginner to advanced.                       

  • ESL classes cover reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary skills. We also have Citizenship.
  • High School Equivalency classes cover Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science to prepare you to take the GED/HiSET
  • We also offer programs to help you transition into college credit or job credential programs.

Classes are available in-person, online, a combination of both in-person and online (hybrid)                                             

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Students must:                      
  • ​Be 18 years or older (or provide proof of high school separation)
  • Live in Illinois
  • F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2 visas not accepted.  

Start your enrollment today                      
CLICK HERE​ to complete an online application OR visit your college’s Adult Education office                     
Click on your college for more information:                      

After you apply online, you will need to complete the following steps to enroll:                     

Do you have more questions?                      
Visit our Questions and Answer page HERE​.                     

 Student Success

Deynna Rey
Adult Education
Since Deynna Rey was a child growing up in Venezuela, she dreamed of going to college, but the expense made it feel out of reach. Through a combination of her own hard work and the encouragement she received from faculty and staff at City Colleges of Chicago, Deynna is on her way to a bachelor’s...
Felecia Tiney
Adult Education
During my adolescent years, I was forced to make sacrifices to prioritize the attention required to care for my family. I became a mom at a young age and dropped out of high school when I was 18. I had to overcome home insecurities and depression. But I never gave up. 25 years and 12...
Gaspar Sánchez
Adult Education
I was originally born in Mexico, and I started taking English as a Second Language classes at Truman College in 2004—18 years ago. Later, I enrolled in classes to prepare for my high school diploma. My journey to continue my education has been long and winding. I’ve worked multiple jobs, and I’ve raised kids. I’ve...
Bernice Agu
Adult Education
When I passed the math section of the GED, I remember screaming so loud that I scared my husband. I was just so excited about the opportunity to advance my education—and so thankful for the support I received from my Olive-Harvey College instructors along the way. My journey to the GED started when I moved...
Rafael Gamboa
Adult Education
Originally from Venezuela, Rafael Gamboa has wanted to live in Chicago since he was 12 years old. He streamed the WGN-TV channel on his television and spent years dreaming of a life in the city. As he grew up, he also developed an interest in mechatronics, a branch of engineering that combines electronics and mechanical...
Jose Cueva
Adult Education
Jose Cueva was born in Lima, Peru, as the fifth son of six siblings. Jose says his adolescence was educationally torn between the Catholic religion and militarism in schools. He graduated from high school in 1990 and received a scholarship to study art at the School of Fine Arts in Lima. However, the internal war...

 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.​


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