PSC offers free GED, Spanish GED prep and ESL classes

2013-07-19T19:45:00Z 2013-07-20T00:06:08Z PSC offers free GED, Spanish GED prep and ESL classesFor The Times nwitimes.com
July 19, 2013 7:45 pm  • 

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The Adult Education Program at Prairie State College is offering free English as a Second Language, General Education and Spanish GED preparation, beginning Sept. 3, at the PSC Adult Training and Outreach Center, on the main campus at 202 S. Halsted St.

Registration dates are 9:30 a.m. Aug. 7; 6 p.m. Aug. 8; 6 p.m. Aug. 12; and 9:30 a.m. Aug. 13.

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.

According to the Stevens Amendment Act, the grant-funded portion of Adult Education and the Family Literacy Program at Prairie State College for Fiscal Year 2013 is 34 percent financed with federal funds totaling $182,310.

PSC’s Adult Education Program is committed to providing services to its district residents. The districts PSC serves include 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 parts of Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest, Lynwood, Tinley Park and adjacent unincorporated areas of Cook and Will counties. If you are not a resident of the PSC district, contact your local village hall for a program near you.

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