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.
The Adult Education Departments at each college offer a variety of schedules for GED®, ESL and Adult Basic Education classes. 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 six of the City Colleges of Chicago, satellite locations, and other community sites to help students learn English language or basic literacy skills, obtain a GED® certificate, or prepare for the Citizenship Exam.
- 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 - 18 must have a parent or guardian fill out a form verifying that they have never attended a Chicago-area public school.)
Students who have F1, F2, H1, J1, or J2 visas are not eligible to enroll in adult education classes, nor are students who are short-term visitors to the U.S.
Adult Education Offices: Richard J. Daley College,
7500 South Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60652, 773-838-7803Harry S. Truman College,
1145 West Wilson, Chicago, IL 60612, 773-907-4350Kennedy-King College,
6301 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60621, 773-602-5340Malcolm X College,
1900 West Van Buren, Chicago, IL 60612, 312-850-7300Olive-Harvey College,
10001 South Woodlawn, Chicago, IL 60628, (773) 291-6690
Wilbur Wright College,
4300 North Narragansett, Chicago, IL 60634, 773-481-8821, 773-481-8823