Adult Education

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ESL Classes • Career Preparation • Computer Basics
High School Equivalency • Free Classes

Parkland Adult Education offers free services and instruction to adults who
  • need to improve their basic literacy skills
  • do not have their high school diploma
  • do not speak English as their first language
  • need assistance with career preparation
Classes and literacy services are available on Parkland’s campus and at other locations throughout Parkland District #505.
Call 217/351-2580 or 800/346-8089 or stop by the E building on the main campus for more information.
Free classes!
• Get ready to meet the challenge of finding a job in the 21st century!
• Develop essential job skills for the workplace.
• Learn English as a Second Language.
• Get your high school equivalency (formerly GED).
>> High school equivalency preparation
Our free Preparation classes help qualified individuals learn the reading, math, and other skills necessary to pass the examination and are tailored to the individual’s level of readiness. These free classes serve a diverse population throughout Parkland’s district.
  • High school equivalency students (on a case by case basis) must be at least 16 years old and officially withdrawn from school. Students under age 18 will need a letter from the school they last attended that includes their last date of enrollment (day, month, and year). Student transcripts and report cards are not necessary.
  • All new and returning students must schedule an appointment for registration and pre-enrollment advising so that their needs and progress can be accurately assessed. Call 217/351-2580 to schedule an appointment.
>> ESL
Learn Basic Communication Skills for Everyday Life
Refugees, immigrants, and non-native speakers with limited English proficiency are eligible for our beginning to intermediate ESL classes. Classes are scheduled throughout the day at various locations. Call 217/351-2580 for more information.


Parkland College ensures equal educational opportunities are offered to all students regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender expression, disability, sexual orientation, veteran/Vietnam veteran era, age, or religion, and is Section 504/ADA compliant. For additional information or accommodations call 217/351-2551. In Fiscal Year 2016 (FY ’16), approximately 41% ($177,992) of the total cost of the Parkland College Adult Education and Family Literacy Program is provided through federal funds under Title II of the Workforce Investment Act.


Parkland College Career Center
Get help with your resume, find on-campus student employment, search job listings, and more!

College for Adults
Adults who are going to college for the first time can find help here.

Child Care Resource Service
Get help paying for child care while you’re in school! Students enrolled in Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and GED classes can receive child care assistance for up to two years with no work requirement.

Employment Assistance
Illinois Department of Employment Security Search for Jobs
Illinois workNet Center


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