Adult Education Programs

Adult Education (AE) programs are designed to assist adults to gain the skills or certification needed to take college courses. The department is composed of the following areas: English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Completion, Literacy and Adult Transition Program. The AE department works closely with both Nuevos Horizontes (Triton College Community Center) and the Triton College Learning Resource Center.

Additional support services and programs also are provided to individuals receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). For more information or a catalog about the AE program, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3259 or 3513.

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) is designed to build reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Class times meet the needs of working adults in the morning and in the evening. Saturday classes are also available. Classes are held at Triton, Nuevos Horizontes and many other places throughout the district. In addition, the ESL Program offers Citizenship courses. All classes are free. As classes tend to fill up quickly, registering early is strongly advised. For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3259.

High School Completion Programs

These programs are designed to assist adults who do not have a high school diploma or who wish to develop their basic skills.

Adult Evening High School

This program enables adults who left high school prior to graduation to complete classes and receive a traditional high school diploma.


This program provides classes that prepare students to take the GED (high school equivalency) examination. Students are given a placement test to determine the type of classes needed. The GED classes are offered in both English and Spanish. Classes are held in the morning and evenings at Triton and Nuevos Horizontes. GED preparation classes are available online through I-Pathways. Most GED classes are free. For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3513.


The Access to Literacy Program is designed to help adults develop basic reading and writing skills. A component of this program is the ESL preparation program for Spanish speakers. Volunteer tutors are trained to assist students in small group or individual tutoring sessions. Classes and a computer lab also are available. For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3978.

Adult Transition Program

Adult education students who are interested in transition to certificate and degree completion courses in preparation for careers can apply for entrance into a pre-career academy. Support services include: career and vocational counseling, learning communities, mentors, informational workshops, tutors, and financial aid assistance. For more information, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3085.

Pre-Career Academy

Allied Health: Enrollment in ESL or GED classes while completing courses in Medical Career Preparation, College 101, and Medical Math will provide the student with a solid background of information essential for a variety of college credit courses within the Allied Health career pathway.

Education: Enrollment in ESL or GED courses while completing courses in reading and writing will give the student a solid background for a variety of college credit courses within the Education career pathway.

Additional career academies are being developed. Contact the Adult Education Department at (708) 456-0300 Ext. 3085.