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 Programs. The AE division works closely with public libraries and school districts and other community-based organizations, including various entities at the college.

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 the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of nonnative English speakers. 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 and 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 and wish to develop basic skills or prepare them to take the computer-based GED® exams. Classes are held in the morning, evening, or Saturday. In preparation for the computer-based GED® tests, learners are required to take the free keyboarding courses offered on different days of the week. Constitution review classes and exam are also offered on Saturdays. High School completion courses are offered in Spanish or English.

For more information, please call (708) 456 0300, Ext. 3829.

Adult Literacy

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.

Bridge Programs

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

Manufacturing: Enrollment in High School preparation classes, while completing the Basic Electronics bridge program will lead adult students to the Manufacturing career pathways.

Additional career academies are being developed. Contact the Adult Education Department at (708) 456-0300 Ext. 3672.