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Adult Education & GED Program

The Adult Education Program at Richland Community College offers a variety of courses to help meet the diverse needs of the community. All Adult Education classes (ABE, ASE, ESL) may be repeated up to three (3) times.

To enroll in the Adult Education Program, student must first attend orientation, which is conducted weekly, or an appointment can be arranged.  The session is free and lasts about an hour.  Individuals interested in enrolling in the program must be at least 16.  Classes meet both on campus and off and are held at various times.  All classes and textbooks for the Adult Education Program are free to students. 

Adult Education Options

Adult Secondary Education and GED Preparation

Adult Secondary Education courses prepare students for passing the General Educational Development (GED) test. The GED test includes questions in writing, social studies, math, science, literature, and the arts.  Passing the GED test demonstrates eligibility for a high school equivalency certificate.  A new option being offered is for students to study for the GED test online.  In order to qualify for this option, students must meet specific criteria.  You may also refer to the GED-i website.

Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education courses in reading and math are available to students who need to review basic skills for personal development or advancement to higher-level courses. 

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are for individuals who are native speakers of another language and who need to improve their English speaking, reading, and writing skills for academic or employment purposes. 

View ESL information page and courses

Literacy Tutoring - Project READ

Project READ helps adults improve reading and math skills through individual tutoring. For more information, visit the Project READ website.

Job Skills Courses

Job skills courses help students improve opportunities for employment, and parenting classes are provided at selected sites. Contact the Adult Education Office for more information.

Contact Information

  • Dean: Leslie Devore
  • Curriculum Coordinator:  Kelly Gagnon
  • Secretary:  Stacie Hanneken
  • Office Location: W121
  • Phone: (217) 875-7211, ext. 355

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