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Adult Education

Front of Building K

English as a Second Language (ESL); Illinois High School Diploma (HSE/GED)

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If you are interested in Adult Basic Education classes, please complete our form to start the process, and we will contact you with details. If you have additional questions, call 847-214-6904 or email

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Rely on Elgin Community College to support your journey toward success.

We offer Adult Education and ESL programs tailored for adult learners. Our excellent prep courses can help you prepare for your State of Illinois High School Diploma Test or GED.

ECC's Adult Education and ESL programs support English language learners. Our dedicated instructors focus on improving speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Our Adult Education team also helps reading, writing, and math abilities to boost confidence and achieve academic goals.

Interested in a new career path? We have free classes to show you different jobs you might like. Our front desk assistants can guide you toward careers in healthcare, education, industrial arts, or business and finance through our bridge program, simplifying exploring diverse career options. ECC will work with you to work around school and work plans to meet your goals.

Need access to technology? ECC has you covered! Visit our Technology help page for information on free Chromebook rentals, Wi-Fi hotspots, and more. Want to learn more or sign up for classes? Start with the offerings below:

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Stevens Amendment (FY24):
Stevens Amendment: Approximately $718,727 (40%) of the Illinois Adult Education and Literacy Program cost at Elgin Community College is federally funded under Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

Complete your high school equivalency and set new goals

Mother of three Maria Nino prepared for the State of Illinois High School Diploma test at ECC and has her sights set on a promising career in Early Childhood Education.


Adult Basic Education Center

Building K, Room K100

Monday through Thursday: 8 am to 7 pm
Friday: 8 am to 4 pm