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Adult Education Department

Victor Castillo

Dean, Adult Education

Adult Education is a comprehensive program of free classes for adult students who need to learn or improve their English language, basic literacy skills, obtain a GED certificate, or prepare for the Citizenship exam.

The mission of the Adult Education Division of the City Colleges of Chicago is to provide adults with preparatory and developmental instruction in Adult Basic Education (ABE), Citizenship, English as a Second Language (ESL), and/or General Educational Development (GED) to meet students' individual goals. Individual goals may include post-secondary education, employment skills training, and/or personal and career enhancement.  


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
ESL information line in four languages (773) 838-7960
GED information line in English and Spanish (773 ) 838-7769


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   

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

Taaj Abdur-Rahman, Adult Education Manager (773) 843-4364

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

Anjeanette Gunter, Adult Education Manager (773) 843-4626

Rasha Farmer, Transition Specialist (773) 838-7794

Ana Reyes, Transition Specialist (773) 838-7884    


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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