Youth Programs

Youth Programs

The Early School Leavers Transition program is designed to support students ages 16 – 24, who are out of school as they work to complete their high school equivalency (GED or HiSET).

Students participating in youth programs with Parkland Adult Education Department will be enrolled in high school equivalency prep courses and participate in career exploration. Students will also engage in work-site learning experience, gain job skills through individualized mentorship and a collaborative cohort experience that includes the development of a career portfolio. The program also offers Parkland College Campus tours, shadow college classes and participate in WIOA programs and work-based learning programs that provides incentives.

What to Expect

Students enrolled in the program can expect to:

  • Learn job seeking skills
  • Gain skills for employment and prepare for the workforce
  • Transition to college, career, and technical education programs 
  • Work on career exploration and development
  • Classes in preparing for the high school equivalency (GED or HiSET) exam

The program will support students to identify career and educational goals, personal strengths, and areas for development; become familiar with career and college resources and services and explore strategies for academic success such as time and financial management and study skills.

General Program Guidelines

  • Students in Youth Programs must be enrolled in and meet requirements for Parkland adult education HSE prep classes
  • Ages 16 – 24 and out of school
  • Complete Youth Programs Orientation (to be scheduled with program manager)
    • Orientation includes assessment testing in reading and math
  • Services are available in-person and virtually by request
  • Classes meet weekly in Fall and Spring Semesters.

Interested? Get Started:

Contact our office to register for an orientation appointment or to learn more about our program.

Phone: 217/351-2580


Student quote ESLTP helped me think about long term and short term goals and make decisions that are good for my future the staff are all very helpful and really care I would recommend early school leaver to other young peopleQuote from student ESLTP gave me hands on experience in a job field i was interested in this provided me a solid foundation with new skills that i use in my every day work palce the teachers cared about my success it was encouraging to have people believe in me