Adult Education Special Programs

The Special Programs Department offers free training to students seeking to improve their skills through education. Benefits may include free tuition, free books and supplies, job search assistance, one-on-one assistance with an advisor, and referrals to other available services. Special Programs includes the following areas:

Youth Services Program
The Youth Services Program helps low-income students ages 16-21 overcome financial and personal barriers to attain self sufficiency through education and training. This free program offers qualified students the opportunity to earn short-term certificates in the following programs:

Programs subject to change. Additional short-term programs may be approved on an individual basis.

The Youth Services Program covers all program costs including tuition, fees, books and required supplies. Youth Services Advisors provide referrals to community resources and/or the GED® exam preparation program, as well as job search assistance. These advisors also support the transition to long-term college programs, including assistance with completion of financial aid forms and scholarship applications. Limited assistance with transportation and child care referrals are also available. 

The Youth Services Program is a Workforce Investment Act program funded through the Kane County Department of Employment and Education.

Vocational Skills Program

This computer-based program is available to students in the GED® exam preparation program or ESL. Free classes provide hands-on computer experience, giving students more marketable skills that can lead to greater success in the job search process. The only cost to the student is the purchase of the textbook. Available classes include: Introduction to Keyboarding, Basic Computer Literacy, Introduction to Excel and Introduction to Word Processing.

To qualify for the program:

  • Students entering the program tp prepare for passing the GED® exam must have at least a 5th grade reading level
  • ESL students must be in a Level 007 class or higher
  • Students must obtain their instructor’s signature on the registration form


  • Free six-week computer course offered four times a year
  • Opportunity to develop and enhance computer skills

For more information on registration dates and class availability, please contact Special Programs. 


Special Programs
Aurora Campus, Ste. 460
(630) 801-7900, ext. 4176