Education 2017-12-04T15:37:05+00:00


Adult education is crucial for a healthy family and a strong community that serves all of its residents. The adult education programs at HACC helps hundreds of students every year achieve their goals, like building English language skills and earning a GED.

Interested in being a student? Have questions?

Contact Jason Kaiser at 773.262.6622 or by email at

Need childcare while you’re in class for children ages 3 months to 5 years?

Visit the Family Literacy section.

Contact the Adult Education Department:

Location: 7648 N. Paulina Street, Chicago, IL
Phone: 773.262.6622
*Hours depend on class.

Explore our Education Programs:

English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) classes are for a wide range of adult learners. HACC offers low to intermediate literacy classes, focusing on reading and pronunciation, as well as active participation in class and learning across cultures.

*Winter 2018 Session Dates: January 16-March 22


ESL Registration for New Students in 2018:
January 8-9, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

GED Registration for New Students in 2018:
January 10-11, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Morning ESL (5 Levels) and GED classes meet:
Monday-Thursday | 9 a.m. – 1p.m.

Low level ESL classes meet:
Tuesday-Thursday | 9 a.m. – 1p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m. – 1p.m.

Did you know?

Adult education learners in the program are from over 30 countries! Many are refugees as well as immigrants.

Classes also focus on American culture and phrases and words that are helpful for fulfilling basic needs, such as navigating the city, buying groceries, and obtaining social services.   

Classes are held in the mornings. Tutoring is available afternoons and evenings.

FACT: About 13 percent of adults in Illinois have not earned their high school degree or an equivalent.

If you are looking to earn your GED (high school equivalency exam), HACC has classes to help you prepare for and ace the test.  

There are different levels of classes that focus on reading, writing, and math skills, culminating with specific preparation for the GED exam.

I want to sign up!

*Summer 2017 Session Dates: July 24-September 28

The intake process takes about two hours and includes a reading and math assessment to determine which class is the best fit.


GED Registration for new students: July 19-20 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Morning GED classes: Monday-Thursday | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


If you are reading at the 9th grade level and above, there is also the option to take a GED class online through i-pathways. To qualify, you must have regular access to the internet and basic computer skills.

If you are interested, click on the i-Pathways link to see sample lesson plans.

Would you like to:

  • Learn how to use a computer (type, use a mouse)
  • Open an email account?
  • Make a resume
  • Practice completing a job application on the computer?

HACC has free computer classes to learn these skills and more!

Walk-in Basic Computer Skills Classes:

Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (except for 1st Fridays).

Who qualifies?

All skill levels are welcome. You must be at least 18 years old to participate. Fluent English is not a requirement. There is no intake process.

Do you work with an organization that is interested in classes for your participants?

Please contact Crystal Shannon Morla at or by phone at 773.262.6622 ext. 263 to set up an appointment and choose a topic for the class.