The Adult Education and Employment department is dedicated to helping adults acquire the academic, employability, and life skills they need to achieve meaningful employment and economic self-sufficiency. The program offers adult education classes and operates an Employment Resource Center that assists people with their employment needs.

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Adult Education Classes Spring 2014

Upcoming Registration Dates/Fechas de Registro

English as a Second Language Classes / Clases de Ingles Como Segunda Idioma

  • Level 1: Beginning Literacy ESL
  • Level 2: Low Beginning ESL
  • Level 3: High Beginning ESL
  • Level 4: Low Intermediate ESL (Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am-1:00 pm only)

ESL Registration:

Wednesday, April 2 &

Thursday, April 3 from

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Adult Basic Education/GED Classes

  • Level 1: Adult Basic Education (offered mornings Monday-Friday)
  • Level 2: Pre-GED Reading/Pre-GED Math (offered mornings Monday-Friday)
  • Level 3: GED Reading/GED Math (offered mornings Monday-Friday and evenings Tuesday and Thursday)

ABE/GED Registration:

Morning ABE/GED:

Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Evening GED:

Tuesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 3 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

There will also be a mandatory orientation for morning ABE/GED students on Friday, April 4 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Math for Work: A Bridge to Success

This class is for students interested in entering the workforce who want to brush up on their skills and explore the manufacturing field including areas such as welding, CNC operation and woodworking. Students also visit partner training programs and get tours of facilities. Students who successfully complete the class may be eligible for WIA training dollars.  This class is held Tuesday through Thursday afternoons at our Employment Resource Center and accepts students throughout the term. To enroll, call Melanie at 773-262-6622 x 256.

Unless noted otherwise, all classes below are offered Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to students 18 and older. 16 and 17 year olds may be eligible with proper documentation.

Citizenship Classes

Through our partnership with Centro Romero, Citizenship classes are held at HACC Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm-3:30pm. Interested students can stop in on Mondays and Wednesdays to speak to the instructor or call Jeff at 773-508-5300 with questions . Students should have their permanent residency card and social security card available for their first class. Enrollment is ongoing.


Individual and small group tutoring is available year round. For tutoring, please contact the Jen at or Theresa at or call 773-262-6622 x 264.

Classes begin Monday, April 7.

Questions? Contact Melanie Sampson, Adult Education Coordinator, at 773-262-6622 x 256 or

Online GED

learning: i-Pathways

For students interested in GED distance learning, Adult Education offers online classes for eligible students. Students must have qualifying scores, basic computer skills, and regular access to the internet. If you are interested, click on the i-pathways link to see sample lesson plans or contact the Adult Education Coordinator at 773-262-6622 x 256 with questions.


Adult Education and Employment Recognition Night


Howard Area Community Center is now an official City of Chicago Community Reentry Support Center, offering support to youth and adults with criminal background.

For more information, Contact:

Ralph Hrobowski, Call Center Specialist

Employment Services & Workshops

Walk-in computer lab for employment-related purposes:

Monday-Friday, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Walk-in Employment Resource Center:

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

FREE! Computer Classes

9:00-11:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday
Howard Area Employment Resource Center
1623 West Howard Street,
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773-262-3515

January 2014

Jan 6th- Jan 9th
Internet Research Applications

Jan 13th- Jan 16th
Basic Computer and Resume Writing Concepts

Jan 21st-Jan 23rd
Introduction to MS Excel

Jan 27th- Jan 30th
Intro to MS PowerPoint

February 2014

Feb 3rd-Feb 6th
Introduction to Operating Systems

Feb 10th-Feb 13th
Introduction to MS Office Suite Keyboarding Shortcuts

Feb 17th-Feb 20th
Internet Research Applications

Feb 24th-Feb 27th
Basic Computer and Resume Writing Concepts

March 2014

March 3rd- March 6th
Introduction to Operating Systems

March 10th- March 13th
Introduction to Completing On-line Employment Applications

March 17th- March 20th
Introduction to MS Office Suite Keyboarding Shortcuts

March 24th- March 27th
Introduction to MS Office Suite 2010 Concepts and Applications

April 2014

April 7th- April 10th
Basic Computer and Resume Writing Concepts

April 14th- April 17th
Introduction to Basic Operating Systems

April 21st- April 24th
Intro to MS Excel Applications

April 28th- May 1st
Intro to MS PowerPoint Applications

May 2014

May 5th- May 8th
Internet Research Concepts

May 12th- May 15th
Completing On-Line Employment Applications

May 19th- May 22nd
Basic Computer and Resume Writing Concepts

May 27th- May 29th
Introduction to Keyboarding Applications

June 2014

June 2nd- June 5th
Introduction to Basic Operating Systems

June 9th- June 12th
Internet Research Concepts

June 16th- June 19th
Completing On-line Employment Applications

June 23rd- June 26th
Introduction to MS Concepts and Applications

June 30th- July 3rd-
Basic Computer and Resume Writing Concepts


Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Rev 11.19.12


Fresh Start Training Programs (Re-entry services for youth and adults with a criminal background):

Please call for next available training dates. Contact: Charles Hardwick, (773) 262-3515 or

Family Literacy

Open to adult education students who attend class and their 3 month – 5 year old children.

Our staff assists parents to assume their role as the first and most important teachers of their children, helping mothers and fathers with children birth to five to:

  • Build their parenting skills
  • Increase their knowledge about child development
  • Learn how to interact positively with their young children
  • Develop strong, loving parent-child bonds

Contact: Guadalupe Narvaez,       (773) 262-6622 ext. 260 or

  HACC Family Literacy        in the News

Click here to download the Secretary of State’s Illinois Literacy Spring 2012 Newsletter. HACC’s Family Literacy program is highlighted on page 2, in an article about Family Reading Night 2011!

Family Literacy Spring 2012

Become an ESL or Adult Basic Education Tutor!

Would you like to tutor adults in ESL, reading, writing, basic math or computer skills? Howard Area Community Center is looking for volunteers!

No experience is needed to become a tutor – only patience and a desire to teach adults. We require that our tutors attend a free 12 hour tutor training and commit to 1.5-2 hours each week for a minimum of 6 months. Tutoring hours are flexible with times available during the day Monday-Friday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.

To learn more about the tutoring programs, contact the Literacy Tutor Advisor at (773) 262-6622 ext. 264 or, for Adult Ed Tutoring or for ESL Tutoring or download the Tutor Application here!

Current Students and Teachers

Visit the Adult Education Resources page to find links to practice and lesson plan ideas!

HACC Tutor Newsletter

Spring 2013 Pipeline

For previous versions of the Tutor Newsletter, visit the News Archive.

Adult Education and Family Literacy

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Employment Resource Center

1623 W. Howard Street               (773) 262-3515 Get Directions

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