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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.

Click here for the registration information in English / Haga clic aqui para informacion de registro en Español


Adult Education Classes Summer 2014

Upcoming Registration Dates/Fechas de Registro

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

Classes are offered Monday through Thursday mornings.

  • Level 1: Beginning Literacy ESL
  • Level 2: Low Beginning ESL
  • Level 3: High Beginning ESL
  • Level 4: Low Intermediate ESL (Monday and Wednesday mornings)
  • Weekly Conversation Class for all levels (Wednesday afternoons)

ESL Registration for all ESL classes:

Wednesday, July 16  & Thursday, July 17 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, July 14 and Tuesday, July 15 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Evening GED:

Tuesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 17 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

There will also be a mandatory orientation for morning ABE/GED students on Friday, July 18 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Classes begin Monday, July 21.

Math for Work: A Bridge to Success

This class is designed for students whose primary goal is to get a job. Students will build their math, reading, technology and vocabulary skills and explore the manufacturing field including areas such as welding, CNC operation and woodworking as well as prepare for the GED exam if that is a goal. 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. Students with or without a high school diploma welcome. Enrollment is ongoing.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 abetutoring@howardarea.org or Theresa at esltutoring@howardarea.org or call 773-262-6622 x 264.

Questions? Contact Melanie Sampson, Adult Education Coordinator, at 773-262-6622 x 256 or msampson@howardarea.org

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
7637 N. Paulina Street
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773-262-3515


July 2014


June 30- July 3rd

Basic Computer and Resume

Writing Concepts


July 7 – July 10

Keyboarding Concepts and Applications


July 14 – July 17

Introduction to MS Word 2010


July 21- July 24

Introduction to MS Excel 2010


July 28- July 31

Intro to MS PowerPoint 2010


August 2014

August 4th- August 7th

Introduction to Internet

How to Safely Navigate The Web


August 11th- August 14th

Basic Computer and Resume

Writing Applications


August 18th- August 21st

Introduction to MS Publisher 2010


August 25th- August 28th

Introduction to MS Outlook 2010


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 chardwick@howardarea.org

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 gnarvaez@howardarea.org

  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 abetutoring@howardarea.org, for Adult Ed Tutoring or esltutoring@howardarea.org for ESL Tutoring or download the Tutor Application here: 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

7638 N. Paulina Street

 (773) 262-6622 Get Directions

Employment Resource Center

1623 W. Howard Street

 (773) 262-3515 Get Directions

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

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