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Adult Education

Emily Anderson

Interim Dean of 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.      


 Register for Adult Education classes today.




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

Free classes are offered at Wright 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) 
  • College readiness 
  • Workforce preparation and Bridge classes
  • Basic reading and math skills


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 release letter certifying that they are no longer attending high school. (Recent arrivals to Chicago age 16 and 17 must have a parent or guardian fill out a form verifying that they have never attended a Chicago-area public school.) An official letter from the Chicago Public School stating the student is NOT currently enrolled is required.                                   

Adult Education classes are intended for people who live in or near Chicago. Students who hold J1 visas are not permitted to take Adult Eduction classes.            





Faculty & Staff

Emily Anderson, Interim Dean of Adult Education (773) 481-8830 

Adam Schauer, Associate Dean of Adult Education (773) 481-8621

David McGrath, Adult Education Manager (773) 481-8688                              

Ines Lagos, Adult Education Manager (773) 481-8428        

Joseph Tully, Adult Education Manager (773) 481-8303           

Martha Caldero, Adult Education Manager (Humboldt Park Voc. Ctr.) (773) 489-8962                           

Marisa Isada, Administrative Assistant (773) 481-8627                         

Juanita Williams, Administrative Assistant (773) 481-8824                                   

Laura Nitanda, Transition Specialist (773) 481-8982             

Camilo Rasquin, Transition Specialist (773) 481-8647                     

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Contact Information

(773) 481-8821, 8823
(773) 481-8987
4300 N. Narragansett Avenue
Arts Building Room A-205
Chicago, IL 60634
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Monday - Thursday 9am to 6:30pm
Friday 9am - 2pm
Saturday 9am - 12:30pm
Sunday - Closed