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We know that everyone has a different education background. But there are still goals you want to achieve, and we’re here to help with classes and resources. Our adult education programs are free to the community. You can improve your English skills, or take the test for a high school diploma. There are classes that can help you at work, and a computer lab where you can improve your technology skills. Our free adult education programs can help you live a better life.

Getting Started

To enroll in our High School Equivalency (HSE) or English Language Acquisition (ELA) program, your first step is to attend an Information Session. You will learn how to enroll in Adult Education classes and what to expect along the way. Sessions will be held several times each month at the Aurora Downtown Campus.

Choose a session

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Appointments are not required; choose the day and time that's most convenient for you.
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To request accommodations for a disability, please contact Gale Holladay-Baxter at (630) 906-4109 or

Request for Information

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High School Equivalency (HSE) Programs

High School Equivalency classes offer instruction in math, vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing skills. Adults, 16 years of age and older who meet certain requirements, are eligible to enroll. These classes prepare students to take and pass all four tests for the GED® credential. Successful students will receive a high school equivalency diploma. Classes are offered at the Aurora Downtown Campus, as well as other locations in the community. The flexible schedule includes morning and evening classes.

English/Spanish GED® Exam Preparation

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Preparation classes for the General Educational Development (GED®) Exam are offered in English or Spanish, and the tests can be taken in English or Spanish. Bilingual instructors teach these classes at the Aurora Downtown Campus and other locations in the community. An assessment test is required before beginning the classes.

Ready to Test?

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HSE exams such as GED® test and Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC)

High school equivalency tests are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm., although it is not available on state holidays. For more information contact Adult Education at (630) 966-4600 or

Other Tests:

Waubonsee's Learning Assessment and Testing Services center also administers the computer-based constitution test, one of the requirements of the Illinois High School Equivalency process.

Completion Ceremony

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Waubonsee Community College hosts an annual completion ceremony for all students who have earned their HSE credential for that year. Visit or call the Adult Education office at the Aurora Downtown Campus, Room 457, for more information.

Spring Quarter 1 classes begin January 21

Class meets Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday after that.

•  9-11:50 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. (morning class)

•  6-8:50 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. (evening class)

Visit our office at the Aurora Downtown Campus, Room 457 or call today to schedule your placement test and Orientation date.

More Adult Education Programs

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English Language Acquisition (ELA)

English Language Acquisition (ELA) is a language program designed for adults, 16 years and older, whose native language is not English. The ELA program helps students improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills from literacy to the advanced level. Students improve English skills while also learning about U.S. culture. There is no tuition fee for these classes.

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Adult Literacy

To strengthen literacy in our community, Waubonsee trains and places volunteers to provide English language tutoring to adults who want to improve their reading, writing and math skills, or learn English.  Learn more about participating in a literacy program or becoming a volunteer tutor.

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Waubonsee Works

If you want to gain specific knowledge and skills quickly, Waubonsee Works (formerly Youth Services Programs) is an exciting option.  Waubonsee Works provides free tuition and books if you are interested in earning a High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) or a short-term certificate at Waubonsee Community College.

Adult Education Computer Center (AECC)

About the AECC

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The Adult Education Computer Center (AECC) is a computer lab dedicated to helping students in Waubonsee’s Adult Education Programs. AECC instructional aides help students learn more by using computer programs and academic websites. They work individually with students to explain skills and concepts that may be confusing, and help students who are new to computers gain the skills they need to use the computer programs effectively.

Contact the AECC
AECC Supervisor
Aurora Downtown Campus, Room 457
(630) 906-4118



Need to contact someone?

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Adult Education
Aurora Downtown Campus, Room 457
(630) 966-4600

Our advisors and counselors are bilingual.