Adult Education

Triton College offers courses in English as a Second Language (ESL), as well as High School Completion (formerly GED®) courses.

Please click on one of our Adult Education (AE) course listings on the left for more information about the course and instructions on how to enroll.

For more information call:
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3259 or 3513
Or visit us in Building A, Room A-203

Office hours:
Monday-Thursday - 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday - 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Adult Education Calendar

Adult Education provides a calendar that posts upcoming events, registration schedules, class schedules, and other activities related to the Adult Education program. View our calendar often for updates.

Adult Education Calendar

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English as a Second Language (ESL)*

* Classes are not intended for individuals on temporary Visas.

Información en Español
Informacja po Polsku

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are designed to help non-native English speakers develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

There are 6 levels of ESL instruction, from very basic to advanced.

Classes are offered in either a 15 week session or 10 week session.

15 week classes meet twice a week for three hours each day. Morning classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays and evening classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

10 week classes meet twice a week for three hours each day. Morning classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays and evening classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Morning classes take place from 9:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Evening classes take place from 6:30 PM – 9:20 PM

Free citizenship classes are also offered.

ESL students interested in developing their computer skills may register for a Computer Basics class, available in English and  Spanish. Classes are offered throughout the year.

Interested in improving your writing skills and learning more about academic writing? Ask us about our written communications skills courses for non-native English speakers!

Requirement to Enroll:  

  • Must be an Illinois Resident
  • Must have a Picture ID. Passports are not accepted as a form of ID.
  • Must be at least 16 Years Old and not enrolled in High School

Steps to Enroll:  

  • Come to the Adult Education office located in the A-Building, Room A203
  • Fill out intake form with Picture ID
  • Sign up for an orientation session, where you will take a placement test and register for your first class. Be prepared to commit approximately 3 hours to the session.

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Citizenship

Información en Español
Informacja po Polsku

Are you thinking of becoming a citizen of the United States?
The first step is to be prepared for the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) test, which consists of an oral interview and a written test on U.S. history, and federal and state government functions.

If you speak, read and write English fluently, you are ready to fill out your citizenship application right away. If you do not, Triton's Adult Basic Education (ABE) Department offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes throughout the year.

Triton’s ABE Department will prepare you to take the citizenship examination and the interview. We offer two levels of citizenship classes, three times a year. Classes meet eight consecutive Saturday mornings. We also have a computerized independent study program which can help you prepare for the test.

These classes are completely free.

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High School Completion Program (formerly GED®)*

* Classes are not intended for individuals on temporary Visas.

Información en Español
Informacja po Polsku

High School Completion program (formerly GED®) courses are designed to prepare students to successfully complete the high school equivalency examinations, including the 2014 GED® www.gedtestingservice.com and HiSet®

This program is designed to assist adults who do not have a high school diploma. We offer various levels of language arts and math courses to help students gain the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for a high school equivalency exam.

The class schedule is as follows:
  Language Arts
  Mondays & Wednesdays
  9:00 AM. – 12:00 PM or 6:30 – 9:30 PM

  Mathematics
  Tuesdays & Thursdays
  9:00 AM– 12:00 PM or 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Students may take either one class or two at the same time.

We also offer a Constitution course throughout the year for students who have not passed the Constitution Test in high school. The class is taught over five Saturdays from 9 AM – 12 PM.

Additionally, we offer keyboarding classes for students who wish to develop basic computer skills and prepare to take the computer-based high school equivalency exams. Classes are offered throughout the year on Saturdays and taught in English and Spanish. Please ask us for the most current schedule.

Written Communication Courses for Non-Native English Speakers
Our writing communication classes for non-native speakers help prepare you for college writing courses and improve your writing skills. Students who have completed the English Language Acquisition (ELA, formerly ESL) or tested out of the ELA program and take a reading comprehension placement test are eligible to register.

We offer two levels of writing transitions courses:
- E65 Basic Written Communication Skills for Non-native English Speakers: This course exposes students to the requirements of the English composing process, developing ideas, editing, proofreading and writing a full length paragraph.
- E66 Written Communication Skills for Non-native English Speakers: This course explores the English composing process by helping develop ideas, edit, proofread written work and write full-length paragraphs and essays.

Requirements to Enroll:  

  • Must be an Illinois Resident
  • Must have a Picture ID
  • Must be at least 16 Years Old
  • Students under 18 must submit official withdrawal letter from last High School attended

Steps to Enroll:

  • Come to the Adult Education Office located in the A Building, Room 203
  • Sign up to participate in an Information Session
  • Register to take a placement test
  • Meet with a Student Success Strategist to review your placement and pick up your class schedule

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Student Success

Completion and  Transition Specialists are here to get you on the road to educational success and to help guide you toward your career goals.

Completion and  Transition Specialists are available to help you with:

  • Questions you may have regarding the classes offered through Triton, including English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Equivalency, college and career courses
  • Information on how to evaluate foreign credentials and understand the United States education system
  • Planning your academic and career goals
  • Planning of your course work so that you can achieve those goals
  • Planning a transition to continuing education program and credit classes
  • Listening to your concerns
  • Referring you to appropriate resources and services

Meet the Completion and  Transition Specialists

Dorota Krzykowska
708-456-0300 ext. 3085
dorotakrzykowska@triton.edu
Bilingual Polish

Denise Guzman
708-456-0300 ext. 3672
deniseguzman@triton.edu
Bilingual Spanish

Meaghan Young-Stephens
708-456-0300 ext. 3837
meaghanyoung@triton.edu

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College Transitions Options

Scholarships:
The following scholarships are available for Triton College adult basic education students, who have graduated from their respective programs. Contact us for qualification information, application process and deadline.

  • Board of Trustees Scholarship - available for students who have successfully completed Level 5 of the English Language Acquisition program or successfully passed the high school equivalency test and received their completion certificate.
  • Westlake Scholarship - private scholarship available for students who have completed Level 5 of the English Language Acquisition program or successfully passed the high school equivalency test and are interested in pursuing a career in allied health.

Bridge Programs:
The goal of the bridge program is to gradually prepare students to succeed in postsecondary education and career-path employment.
These programs include three core elements:

  1. Contextualized instruction
  2. Career development
  3. Transition services

General Requirements

  • Attend an information session
  • Take the appropriate pre and post tests
  • Fill out Bridge Application
  • Meet with a Completion and  Transition Specialist
  • Complete the registration process
  • Pay course costs and/or fees

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Adult Education Newsletter*

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