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Prairie State offers free ESL, GED classes

Updated: January 30, 2014 6:20AM



The adult education program at Prairie State College is offering free English as a Second Language (ESL), General Education, and Spanish GED preparation classes beginning Jan. 27 at the PSC Adult Training and Outreach Center, 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.

Registration times and dates for GED classes are 5 p.m. Jan. 7 and 9:30 a.m. Jan. 9. Registration dates for ESL/Spanish GED are 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and 9:30 a.m. Jan. 9.

An assessment is required upon registration for all programs, according to a press release from the college. The assessment is free. No appointment is necessary for the assessment, although participants are encouraged to arrive early, as space is limited.

No children are allowed during the assessment. Participants also need to bring an official government-issued photo ID and proof of public assistance, if applicable. Students who are 16 or 17 must provide documentation proving formal withdrawal from high school.

The ESL program is designed to help people make the transition from different countries and cultures to American society. The purpose of the program is to teach skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening to those whose native language is not English. Classes are offered twice a week and are held on and off campus.

For more information, call (708) 709-3790.

GED classes offer students an opportunity to complete high school studies and receive an equivalency certificate. The GED certificate is accepted as a substitute for a high school diploma. Preparation classes also are offered in Spanish for those interested in taking the GED in their native language.

For more information on Spanish GED classes, call (708) 709-3790. For more information on GED classes, call (708) 709-7880 or (708) 709-7931.

The current version of the GED test is expiring at the end of 2013 and will be replaced with a new test on Jan. 2. The cost for the new test will increase from $50 to $120. All previous test scores expire on Dec. 31.

Those who are not residents of the PSC district should contact their village hall to find a nearby program.

Staff report



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