Adult Education

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Our Adult Education classes may be right for you! These free classes will not only give you the educational skills needed to earn your High School Equivalency, but they will also make you college ready. Our High School Equivalency classes cover all of the areas required for your GED exams, English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math. Here at South Suburban College we have Weigh More Options when it comes to earning your High School Equivalency. We offer day and evening classes in full-time or part-time formats. Our High School Equivalency classes are offered in three convenient locations: SSC Main Campus, South Holland; SSC Oak Forest Center, Oak Forest, and at the Thornton Township Center in Riverdale. For more information contact South Suburban College Adult Education at (708) 596-2000 x2240.

Are you interested in a career in computers, but don’t have a High School Diploma? No problem! South Suburban College’s Adult Education Department offers bridge and integrate classes to start you on your path to a great career. Regardless of how long you have been out of school we have a program that can meet you where you are at. For more information contact Raylynn Stokes at (708) 596-2000 x2475.

The South Suburban College Adult Education program is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Priority registration is given to continuing students who are making progress in their studies. Waiting lists will be taken as classes have a maximum number of students who can be served.

For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment) Federal Funds of $395,020 provides approximately 38% of the support of these programs.

A placement test will be given, please expect to stay at least three hours. Please bring the following items for registration:

  • Current Illinois-Issued Photo ID, Valid Matricula, or Passport
  • High School Withdrawal Letter (for students under 18)
  • Medical Card (If Applicable)
  • No Children Allowed

 

GED®/High School Equivalency (HSE) Class Offerings for Spring 2024

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY CLASS
REGISTRATION DATES:

November 1, November 2, November 6, November 8, November 14, November 16, November 27 & November 29

10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m.

Main Campus: Room L233

***ALL CLASSES FREE OF CHARGE***

CLICK HERE FOR AN ADULT EDUCATION REGISTRATION APPOINTMENT

SSC MAIN CAMPUS
15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL

General Studies (English, Science, and Social Studies):

12-Week Semester: January 16, 2024 – April 4, 2024

General Studies classes are offered two days a week at the following time:

Monday & Wednesday

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

High School Equivalency Math:

High School Equivalency Math classes are offered two days a week at the following time:

Tuesday & Thursday

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

NEW ONLINE HSE:

12-Week Semester: January 16, 2024 – April 4, 2024

This will be an Asynchronous Online Class

HSE for ESL:

Students in this class plan to take the GED (HSE) exam in English and/or transfer to college/university.

12-Week Semester: January 16, 2024 – April 4, 2024

Monday – Thursday

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 


OAK FOREST CENTER
16333 S. Kilbourn Ave., Oak Forest, IL 60452

High School Equivalency all subjects:

January 16, 2024 – April 4, 2024

Monday – Thursday

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • or
  • 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

        Late Start Registration Dates to be Announced.

The South Suburban College English as a Second Language Program offers tuition free courses for individuals who are interested in improving their English speaking, writing, and digital literacy skills. The first step to this process is to take an assessment and register for classes.

Non-native students may improve their English skills in levels from beginning to advanced in our program. Each level includes a civics component to familiarize students with American history and government. Classes include:

  • Speaking
  • Understanding
  • Reading
  • Writing

El programa de English as a Second Language (Inglés como Segundo Lenguaje) en South Suburban College es un programa para los estudiantes quienes necesitan mejorar el Inglés en este país. Cada nivel incluye un componente cívico para familiarizar a los estudiantes en la historia y el gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Clases incluyen:

  • Recitar/Discurso
  • Comprensión
  • Leer/Lectura
  • Escribir/Escritura
  • Matemáticas

For more information, please download our brochure at the link below or call the South Suburban College ESL Center at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2408 or ext. 2410. Para más información, por favor descargue nuestro folleto en el eslabón abajo o llame a South Suburban College ESL Center al (708) 596-2000, extension 2408 (Se habla Español).
If you need more information about our classes, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2240.

Para información en español, llame al (708) 210-5740 o envíe un correo electrónico a Latino@ssc.edu.


A placement test will be given, please expect to stay at least three hours. Please bring the following items for registration:

  • Current Illinois-Issued Photo ID, Valid Matricula, or Passport
  • High School Withdrawal Letter (for students under 18)
  • Medical Card (If Applicable)
  • No Children Allowed. Only Person Registering/Testing Allowed
***Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, class sizes limited with Blended Online/in person instruction***
Registration will be by appointment only.
Mask must be work at all times during the testing/registration process.


***Debido a Covid-19 clases son 50% en persona y 50% en linea*** ́
Inscripciones por cita previa solamente. Se debe usar un cubrebocas en todo momento durante todo el proceso de prueba/registro.
Please contact ext. 2408 to schedule.

 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Class Offerings for Spring 2024

All Students will take a Placement Test at the Time of Registration

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASS
REGISTRATION DATES:

Clases de Inglés Como Segunda Lengua (ESL) fechas de registro:

November 1, November 2, November 6, November 8, November 14, November 16, November 27 & November 29

12:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.

Main Campus: Room 1243

***ALL CLASSES FREE OF CHARGE***

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR ESL REGISTRATION
PARA HACER UNA CITA PARA EL REGISTRO DE ESL

SSC MAIN CAMPUS
15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL

Morning Online Class:

January 16, 2024 – April 4, 2024

Monday – Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Evening Online Class:

Tuesday – Thursday

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Asynchronous Online Class available as well!

In Person Class:

January 16, 2024 – April 4, 2024

Monday – Thursday

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. *NEW*
  • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Asynchronous Online Class available as well!

 

HSE for ESL:

Students in this class plan to take the GED (HSE) exam in English and/or transfer to college/university

January 16, 2024 – April 4, 2024

Monday – Thursday

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

South Suburban College is always welcoming tutors and students for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring program. The Adult Literacy Program is an individualized all-volunteer program designed to tutor adult education students and local residents. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. We work closely with the local libraries to facilitate our program in many locations, making it accessible and convenient for all community members. SSC is encouraging residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of the free program.

Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutor Dates

Date Time Location
February 6th to February 23rd 5:30 – 7:30pm South Holland Campus
March 6th to March 23rd 3:00 – 5:00pm Oak Forest Campus
April 3rd to April 21st 4:00 – 6:00pm South Holland Campus
May 2nd to May 18th 3:00 – 5:00pm South Holland Campus
June 6th to June 22nd 5:30 – 7:30pm South Holland Campus
July 5th to July 21st 3:00 – 5:00pm South Holland Campus

How do I sign up to receive free tutoring services?

Adults (17 and older and not currently enrolled in school) in need of free tutoring in reading, writing, speaking, comprehension, and or/math subjects can become involved simply by filling out an application form. Our Literacy Manager will contact you and explain the process of becoming a SSC adult learner.

Adult Learner registration

How Do I Become a Volunteer Tutor?

Volunteer tutors are in constant need throughout South Suburban community college district 510, which includes 21 cities/villages in Chicago’s south suburbs. Before working with adult learners, tutors must complete adult literacy tutor training, a 12-hour course that culminates with literacy training certification. Tutors work with students in public locations, such as libraries, for approximately one to two hours each week. Tutor trainings occur throughout the year at SSC at various times to accommodate a variety of schedules. Additional professional development opportunities available.

  • Help improve your community
  • Give back to others
  • Improve your resume

Volunteer Tutor registration

Open the doors to other great opportunities!

Workplace Skills Enhancement Grant Program

South Suburban College has experience helping companies obtain these grants and assistance is provided in completing applications as well as planning and implementing a workplace skills training program.

Grant funding is available through the Adult Education Department to help cover costs of implementing Workplace Foundational Skills, English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL), and High School Equivalency programs.

The Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State; using state funds designated for literacy, award Workplace Skills Enhancement grants to Illinois businesses that partner with adult educational providers. These grant funds are used to upgrade employees’ skills that are needed to efficiently and competently perform required job tasks.

The training provided includes workplace math, reading, writing, and oral communication which can also be part of a High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) preparatory program. English as a Second Language (ESL) is also offered as part of English language skills. Classes are conveniently held on-site for employees at their company location.

For additional information in developing a Workplace Skills Enhancement program at your business, contact David Stephens, Adult Literacy Grants Manager, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558.




To Request ADA Accommodations

To request special accommodations for students in the Adult Education, contact ADA Coordinator at (708) 596-2000 ext. 2691. The information provided will be kept confidential in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-380).


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Centro Latino De Servicios escoltara a nuestros estudiantes prospectos, estudiantes actuales y sus padres de oficina en oficina asegurándose de que ellos entiendan cada paso del proceso y obtengan la información en su idioma natal.

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Contacts

Below is the directory of offices of the Adult Education program at South Suburban College:

  • Registration Information:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2398
  • General Assistance:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2398
  • Adult Education Department Office:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2398
  • Dean of Adult Education:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2398
  • Transitions to College:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2475
  • Transitions to Work:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2475
  • Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS):
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2475
  • Bridge Programming:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2475
  • Adult Literacy:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2558
  • High School Equivalency (GED) Day Program:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2411
  • High School Equivalency (GED) Evening Program:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2411
  • High School Equivalency (GED) Oak Forest Center:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 6031
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Day:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2408
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Evening:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 2539
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Oak Forest Center:
    (708) 596-2000 ext: 6029


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