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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   Fall 2014

Upcoming Registration Dates/    Fechas de Registro


Literacy and GED Preparation

MORNING CLASSES:                            Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. until 12:30PM

  • Adult Basic Education Classes
  • Pre-GED Classes
  • GED Classes

GED EVENING TUTORING GROUPS:   Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm -8pm


Monday, January 12th and Tuesday January 13 10am -12pm


Tuesday, January 13th and Thursday, January 15 5pm-6pm

Registration Monday January 12 and Tuesday January 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

ESL 1-4: Monday – Thursday

9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.


Wednesday January 14 and Thursday January 15

from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.


Please note the registration process takes about two hours. Classes listed above begin on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Unless noted otherwise, all classes below are offered  to students 18 and older. 16 and 17 year olds may be eligible with proper documentation.


We are pleased to partner with Centro Romero, to present High Beginning/Intermediate Citizenship classes. Classes are held at HACC Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.  

This class is ongoing. Students should bring their permanent residency card and social security card for their first class.


    Students can register on Mondays and Wednesdays during class.


We also offer Individual tutoring year round. If tutoring is prefered, please contact Adult Volunteer Literacy Coordinator, Theresa Hale at or call 773-262-6622 x 264.

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

Food Handler Certificate Class

Did you know that Illinois law requires that individuals who have contact with food at their job are required to have a Food Handler Certificate? Whether you need this certificate to help you keep a job or get a job, our two day class will help prepare you to take the test. Contact Maya at or at 773-573-8253 to sign up or ask questions.

Note: An email address is required.


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.

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

For more information, and for next available training dates.                            Contact: Charles Hardwick,   

(773) 262-3515 or

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

Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Howard Area Employment Resource Center
7637 N. Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773-262-3515


Introduction to Completing                      On-line Employment Applications  September 29 -October 2

Keyboard Concepts and Applications October 6-9

Introduction to MSWord and                   Outlook 2010                               October 13-16

Introduction to MSPowerPoint                  October 27-30

Basic Computer and                      Resume Writing Concepts                     November 3-6

Introduction to Operating Systems November 10-13

Introduction to MSPublisher                      and Outlook 2010                                    November 17-20

Introduction to MSOffice Suite              and Keyboard Shortcuts                         November 24-26

Please note schedule are subject to change.



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


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 Adult Volunteer Literacy Coordinator at (773) 262-6622 ext. 264 or, or download the Tutor Application here: Literacy Tutor Application

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

For locations and contact information for all of our programs, visit the Contact page.

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