Now at ….                                 7637 N. Paulina Street     Chicago, IL to serve you better!

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, July 13th and July 14 10 -12pm


Tues., July 14 and Thurs. ,July 16


ESL (English as a Second Language)

ESL 1-4: Monday – Thursday

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


Wednesday July 15 and Thursday July 16

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

Please note the registration process takes about two hours. Classes listed above begin on Monday, July 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

Jerome Williams
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

January 2015 

January 5th-8th   Introduction to Basic Operating Systems

January 12th-15th  Internet Research Concepts- How to Perform Effective Job Searches

January 19th- 22nd  *Introduction to Protecting Your Computer: Malware & Spyware

January 26th- 29th  Basic Computers and Resume Writing Concepts


February 2015 

February 2nd- 5th   Introduction to Completing On-line Employment Applications

February 9th-12th  “Stop Pecking!”: Learning Proper Keyboarding Technique

February 16th- 19th   Introduction to Int. MS Word 2010

February 23rd – 26th   Introduction to Int. MS Excel 2010


March 2015

March 2nd -5th  Introduction to Int. MS PowerPoint 2010

March 9th-12th Intro to Computers & Resume Writing

March 16th- 19th  Using Social Media to Secure Employment


March/ April 2015

March 30th -April 2nd   Introduction to Basic/ Intermediate Operating Systems

April 6th-9th   Internet Research Concepts-How to Complete On-Line Employment Applications

April 13th- 16th   Introduction to MS Excel 2010 & Google Sheets

April 20th – 23rd   Basic Computer and Resume Writing Concepts

April 27th- 30th  *Introduction to MS PowerPoint 2010 & Google Presentations

May 2015

May 4th- 7th    Using Social Media to Secure Employment

May 11th-14th   Intermediate Keyboarding Concepts and applications

May  18th- 21st    Introduction to Intermediate MS Word 2010

May 25th- 28th  Introduction to Intermediate MS Excel 2010


June 2015 

June 8th- 11th  Introduction to Google Docs

June 15th- 18th Introduction to Operating Systems- Windows 8 & 8.1

June 22nd 25th  Introduction to Intermediate MS Publisher 2010


June/July 2015 

June 29th -July 2nd    Introduction to Basic/ Int. Operating Systems

July 6th- 9th  Internet Research Concepts-How to Perform Effective Job Searches

July 13th- 16th    Intro to Basic Computers & Resume Writing

July/ August 2015 

July 27th -30th   Introduction to Completing On-line Employment Applications

August 3rd- 6th “Stop Pecking!”: Learning Proper keyboarding Technique

August 10th-13th Introduction to Intermediate MS Word 2010

August 17th- 20th  Introduction to Intermediate MS Excel 2010

August 24th-27th     Intro to Com. Basics & Resumes


August/ September 2015

August 31st-Sept. 3rd   Introduction to MS Publisher 2010

September 7th-10th  Introduction to Operating Systems

September 14th- 17th  Using Social Media to Secure Employment

September 21st -24th   Introduction to MS Office 2010 Suite Keyboarding Shortcuts


September/October 2015

September 28th-Oct 1st   *Introduction to MS Office Suite 2013

October 5th-8th  Intro to Computer Basics and Resume Writing

October 12th- 15th   Introduction to Basic & Intermediate Email Concepts

October 19th –22nd      *Protecting Your Computer: Trojans, Adware, and Tracking

October/November 2015

Oct. 26th- Oct. 29th   “Stop Pecking!” Learning Proper Keyboarding Technique

November 2nd -5th  Completing On-Line Job Applications

November 9th- 12th   *Introduction to MS Word 2010 & MS Word 2013

November 16th- 19th   Intro to Computer Basics and Resume Writing

November 23rd-26th  NO CLASS-THANKSGIVING

November/ December 2015

November 30th-Dec. 3rd  Intro to MS Excel 2010 & MS Excel 2013

December 7th-10th  Introduction to Basic Operating Systems

December 14th- 17th   *The Year 2015 in Review: What I Learned and the Classes I Want”

FOR MORE INFO CALL 773.262.3515.

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FREE COMPUTER CLASSES- January 2015- March 2015 computer workshop schedule-1


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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

7637 N. Paulina Street

Chicago, Illinois  60626

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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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