PSC offering free ESL, GED and Spanish GED prep classes

2013-11-29T18:15:00Z 2013-11-29T22:46:49Z PSC offering free ESL, GED and Spanish GED prep classesFor The Times nwitimes.com
November 29, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The Adult Education Program at Prairie State College is offering free English as a Second Language (ESL), General Education (GED), and Spanish GED Preparation classes, beginning Jan. 27 at the PSC Adult Training and Outreach Center, on the main campus at 202 S. Halsted St.

Registration dates for GED classes are 5 p.m. Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 18, 5 p.m. Jan. 7 and 9:30 a.m. Jan. 9. Registration dates for ESL/Spanish GED are 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and 9:30 a.m., Jan. 9.

An assessment is required upon registration for all programs. The assessment is free. No appointment is necessary for the assessment, although participants are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited. No children are allowed during the assessment. Participants also need to bring an official government-issued photo ID and proof of public assistance, if applicable. Students who are 16 or 17 years old must provide documentation proving formal withdrawal from high school.

The ESL program is designed to help people make the transition from different countries and cultures to American society. The purpose of the program is to teach skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening to those whose native language is not English. Classes are offered twice a week, and are held on and off campus. To find out more about registration dates and how to enroll, call (708) 709-3790.

GED classes offer students an opportunity to complete high school studies and receive an equivalency certificate. The GED certificate is accepted as a substitute for a high school diploma. Preparation classes also are offered in Spanish for those interested in taking the GED in their native language. For more information on Spanish GED classes, call (708) 709-3790. For more information on GED classes, call (708) 709-7880 or (708) 709-7931.

The current version of the GED test is expiring at the end of 2013, and will be replaced with a new test on Jan. 2. The cost for the new test will increase from $50 to $120. All previous test scores expire on Dec. 31.

According to the Stevens Amendment Act, the grant-funded portion of Adult Education and the Family Literacy Program at PSC for Fiscal Year 2014 is 33 percent financed with federal funds totaling $171,151.

PSC’s Adult Education Program is committed to providing services to district residents. PSC serves residents of Beecher, Chicago Heights, Crete, Flossmoor, Ford Heights, Glenwood, Homewood, Matteson, Monee, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, Steger and University Park, as well as portions of Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest, Lynwood and Tinley Park, and adjacent unincorporated areas of Cook and Will counties.

Those who are not a resident of the PSC district, are advised to contact their local village hall for a nearby program.

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