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Adult Education Department

Victor Castillo

Dean, Adult Education

Mission Statement


The mission of the Adult Education Division of the City Colleges of Chicago is to provide educational programs that help adults become literate, learn English as a second language, obtain a GED®  credential, and gain the knowledge, skills and guidance necessary for transition to college and career pathways. 




To take placement exams and register for classes, visit or call the Adult Education office at the City Colleges location near you.         

Free classes are offered at Daley College, satellite locations, and other community sites to help students improve the English language or basic literacy skills, obtain a GED certificate, or prepare for the Citizenship Exam.  Specific services include:         

  • GED Preparation classes (classroom instruction or online)
  • English as second language (ESL) 
  • Basic reading and math skills (ABE)
  • College readiness 
  • Workforce preparation and Health Bridge classes: call (773) 838-7551
  • Manufacturing: call (773) 838-7551
For more information, call: (773) 838-7800



In general, students must be at least 18 years old in order to enroll in adult education classes. However, 16 and 17 year-olds may register with an official high school release letter certifying that they are no longer attending high school.         

Adult Education classes are intended for people who live in or near Chicago. They are not appropriate for students with F1, F2, H1, J1, or J2 visas, nor are they appropriate for short-term visitors to the U.S.         




Faculty & Staff

Victor Castillo, Dean of Adult Education (773) 838-7800 Ext. 7795     

Emily Anderson, Associate Dean of Adult Education (773) 838-7802      

Taaj Abdur-Rahman, Adult Education Manager (773) 838-1832

Anjeanette Gunter, Adult Education Manager (773) 838-1508 

Jennifer Janke, Adult Education Manager (773) 838-7806

Ewa Lazowska, Adult Education Manager (773) 838-7799 

Jessica Levesque, Adult Education Manager (773) 838-7990    

Patricia Silva, Adult Education Manager (773)  838-7796 

Rasha Farmer, Transition Specialist (773) 838-7794 

Ana Reyes, Transition Specialist (773) 838-7884 

Martha Silva, Transition Specialist (773)  838-7880     


Related Services

Contact Information

(773) 838-7800
7500 S. Pulaski Road
Room 502, Building 500
Chicago, IL 60652
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Monday - Thursday:
7:45 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


​Online GED course information:          

(312) 553-3334