Adult Education Programs

Adult Education (AE) programs are designed to assist students gain the skills or certification needed to take college courses or pursue career pathways that lead to better employment opportunities. The department is composed of the following areas: English Language Acquisition (ELA) (formerly ESL), High School Completion (HSC) (formerly GED), Access to Literacy and Bridge 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 Language Acquisition (ELA)

(formerly ESL)

English Language Acquisition (ELA) is designed to build the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of nonnative English speakers. Classes are offered in the morning or evening to meet the needs of working adults. Saturday classes are also available. Classes are held at Triton and other locations throughout the district. In addition, the ELA 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 in English or Spanish. The goal of this program is to assist adults with emerging literacies to transition into ELA or High School Equivalency classes and to support them in the completion of their certificates. 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.

Bridge Programs

Allied Health: Enrollment in ELA or High School Completion classes while completing courses in Medical Career Preparation, College 101, Medical Math or 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.