Adult Education Services

Adults 16 years and older who have not completed high school, who need to brush up on reading, writing, or math skills for further education/training, and/or who are not native English speakers/writers are eligible.

In keeping with the college's mission, the Department of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL) provides the tools, resources, instruction, and support necessary for students in the JJC community to achieve their individual, academic, and employment goals. Programs and services include:

  • High School Equivalency (GED, HiSET, TASC) preparation, and i-Pathways
  • High School Credit, Early School Leavers Transition Program
  • Basic skills review
  • College, academic, and career transition services and advising
  • English as a Second Language, and citizenship preparation
  • Literacy tutoring, volunteer literacy tutor training

The Joliet Junior College Department of Adult Education and Literacy can open the doors to a brighter future for you and your family with programs designed to meet your needs.


  • High School Equivalency/GED students MUST register for both High School Equivalency Session 1 and High School Equivalency Session 2 in order to register for HSE/GED classes. You MUST attend Session 1 before Session 2. 
  • ESL students must register for one ESL Orientation session to register for English as a Second Language Classes. 
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  • We have moved! Our new address is 235 N Chicago St, Joliet, Room 3019 (3rd Floor)

Vision Statement

DAEL will be the 1st choice in assisting our community to become college and career ready.

Stevens Amendment

For the purpose of compliance with Section 511 of Public Law 101-166 (the Stevens Amendment). Federal funds provide approximately 27% of the support for these programs.

Programs & Services

Listed below are the various program and services that DAEL provides:

  • High School Equivalency/HSE (GED, HiSET or TASC), and Basic Skill Preparation

    The High School Equivalency (HSE) program provides classes that will prepare students to take their High School Equivalency test (GED, HiSET or TASC).

    Program Information

    Classes range from basic skill development to secondary courses and are formatted to meet the unique needs of each student. Course subjects include English (Reading & Writing), Math, Science, and Social Studies. Classes include college and career preparation, time management, study, and organizational skills. Morning and evening classes are available at all JJC campuses and various sites throughout the JJC community. Courses help students review skills in preparation for job qualification, testing, and college level placement. Transition assistance is provided for students preparing for college classes, certifications, academic bridges and job training. Free tutors are provided to students.

    Who Can Attend?

    Any adult, ages 16 and older, who is not enrolled in or attending high school may enroll in our Basic Skills or High School Equivalency (HSE)/GED/TASC/HiSET program. There is no cost to attend this program.

    How to Participate

    All students must complete an orientation and placement session. To schedule an orientation session date and time (approx. 3.5 hours), contact the Department of Adult Education and Literacy office in any of the ways listed below. The orientation session includes placement testing, goal setting, and registration. Following the orientation and placement session you will select the class time and location that meets your schedule.

    • Phone: 815.280.1334 or 815.280.1325
    • Online - click on "Register Now"
    • Visit us: 235 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, Suite 3019


    Pathways is an internet-based instructional program that may be combined with traditional classroom instruction or used as a stand-alone option to help prepare students for any of the high school equivalency tests (GED, HiSET, or TASC). Enrollment into I-Pathways is done through the classroom teacher. The I-Pathways program can be accessed via any device connected to the internet, and is an excellent option for students who want additional options for out-of-classroom studies or do not have easy access to the classroom. The benefits of I-Pathways are best reached when used as an augmentation to classroom instruction.


    • We help transition English as a Second Language (ESL) students into High School Equivalency test preparation classes.  
    • Students with high school diplomas or High School Equivalency diplomas take our classes to prepare for college-level class enrollment.
    • We individualize instruction based on the unique needs of each student.

    How do I Take the Test?

    To earn the High School Equivalency, a student must take a series of tests from one of the accredited testing companies; GED, HiSET, or TASC. All three companies provide the same HSE diploma and are equally recognized by employers and higher education institutions. Students need to research all three companies and decide which one will better meet his/her needs by accessing the following sites:


    Contact Information

    Libby Budd
    Instructional Coordinator
    Department of Adult Education and Literacy
    Phone 815-280-1357,

  • High School Credit Program/Early School Leavers Transition Program (ESLTP)

    The High School Credit and Early School Leavers Transition Program provide a pathway for students, ages 16 and older, to earn their high school diploma.

    We assist students who haven't earned the required credits to graduate from their high school. In partnership with both in and out of district high schools, we provide a supervised independent study credit high school program. This program consists of three elements: Job Skills, High School Credit and Career/Educational Transition Guidance. While enrolled in the program, students will also work on career exploration and development, employment readiness and job seeking skills, consumer education and transitioning to college. The home high school must agree to accept the credits earned through the program and agree to issue the diploma upon successful completion of all requirements.

    High School Partner Guidelines

    The first step to program admittance is to contact your current/former high school about their guidelines. Each school district determines student eligibility. General guidelines include:

    • Adults ages 16 and older who are not enrolled in or attending high school may apply for the Adult High School Credit program.
    • Generally, adults must be within 5 or fewer credits of completing their high school diploma. Limits on the number of credits that can be earned outside of high school are determined by the high school. For instance, some schools allow 5 credits to be transferred, while others limit the number of transfer credits to 2.
    • Either the student's current "home high school" (high school in the district where you now reside) or original high school must agree to issue their diploma upon successful completion of the program.
    • Students accepted into the Adult High School Credit program must complete the same requirements as they would in "regular" high school, including number of credits, required courses, the IL and US Constitution test, community service hours, etc.

    Program Components

    Job Skills:

    • Mandatory class focusing on job training and employment success
    • Mock interviews and resume building
    • Career exploration activities

    High School Credit:

    • Academic credit recovery courses
    • Supervised independent study with skilled instructors and professional tutoring available
    • Must attend at least one afternoon per week

    Career/Educational Transition Guidance: 

    • Minimum two meetings to plan your next steps after earning your diploma
    • Facilitates completing next educational steps including FAFSA and entrance applications
    • Facilitates transition into the military, the trades, career selections


    Contact Information

    Libby Budd,
    Instructional Coordinator
    Department of Adult Education and Literacy
    Phone 815-280-1357

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship

    The English as a Second Language program assists individuals who need to improve their English skills for academic, professional, or personal purposes. Classes in Citizenship/Naturalization Preparation are also available.

    ESL classes are designed for all non-native English speaking adults. Classes are held at a variety of sites within our district in communities such as: Bolingbrook, Morris, Romeoville, Plainfield and Joliet. To accommodate our students, classes are held in the morning, evenings and on Saturdays. Six levels of instruction (beginning through advanced) are offered. Students are placed according to levels via standardized testing. Instruction is offered 4-12 hours per week. Integrated skill modules focus on listening, speaking/pronunciation, reading/vocabulary, and writing/grammar. Instruction is sequenced to develop communication skills necessary to meet basic, intermediate, and advance levels of English acquisition.

    Program Objectives

    • Advance through six levels of structured English classes
    • Listen to oral English and understand the meaning
    • Speak and respond appropriately in English
    • Read and comprehend materials written in English
    • Write in clear, concise, acceptable, English

    Class Levels

    • Beginning ESL (Levels 1 and 2)
    • Intermediate ESL (Levels 3 and 4)
    • Advanced ESL (Levels 5 and 6)

    Citizenship Training

    These classes are designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in becoming United States citizens. Adult learners are taught U.S. History, Civics, the U.S. Constitution and the N400 application. Students also receive instruction on how to answer oral questions, how to pass the written test and participate in mock interviews. Citizenship classes and materials are free to district residents.

    Additional Services

    • Computer classes for second language learners
    • Civics classes for second language adult learners
    • College Transition Assistance
    • Academic and Career Advising
    • Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring
    • Career/Employment Readiness Skills
    • Special Learning Needs Assessments & Accommodations
    • Childcare (at select site[s])

    Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education

    The English Literacy and Civics Project provides an integrated program of services that incorporates English Literacy and civics education to help immigrants and other limited English proficient populations to effectively participate in the education, work, and civic opportunities of the United States of America.

    Contact Information

    Brenda Roland
    Instructional Coordinator
    Department of Adult Education and Literacy
    Phone 815-280-1323

  • Literacy Services

    Over 2 million Illinois adults have poor skills in reading, writing, math or English proficiency, and the Adult Volunteer Literacy program is one of many put in place to provide basic adult literacy instruction. If you feel that your reading, writing, math or English skills have kept you from fully sharing in your family, work and community, you may be able to participate in free tutoring.

    The Adult Volunteer Literacy Program offers free tutoring for Reading, Math, and English Literacy. Adults receive volunteer tutoring at local libraries, JJC Campuses, and community sites throughout the JJC district. Learners meet weekly with certified volunteer tutors for up to two hours; and sessions are available morning, afternoon or evenings to meet learner and volunteer needs. Instruction is learner-focused with materials provided.

    Do You Need Literacy Tutoring?

    Close to 4 million Illinois adults have poor skills in reading, writing, math or English proficiency, and the Adult Volunteer Literacy program is one of many put in place to provide basic adult literacy instruction. If you are at least 16 years of age and have reading or math skills that meet the requirements, you may be able to have one-on-one or group tutoring to increase your skills.

    If you feel that your reading, writing, math or English skills have kept you from fully sharing in your family, work and community, you may be able to participate in free tutoring. If you would like to request tutoring, complete the student portion of the Literacy Tutor form and contact Mandy Dwyer at (815) 280-1331 or for more information. 

    Volunteer as a Literacy Tutor!

    We need tutors who are willing to share their experience and help individuals in our community. If you have at least a high school diploma or GED, you can not only assist people who are trying to improve their math or reading literacy, but also add to your own skills with a valuable experience for your resume.

    Volunteer Literacy Tutors help Illinois adults who read below the ninth grade level or speak English at a beginning level to improve their reading, writing, math or their use of English as a new language. Volunteers participate in 15 hours of training prior to tutoring and receive a certificate confirming their participation.

    Complete a Literacy Tutor form and participate in an upcoming training. For additional info contact Mandy Dwyer at (815) 280-1331 or

    Volunteer Tutoring Training Information

    • The next Tutor Training will be held in November. Call or e-mail Mandy Dwyer for details (815) 280-1331,
    • Requirements
      • Tutors must have a High School diploma or High School Equivalency (GED, HiSET, TASC)
      • Prospective tutors must complete a 15 hour tutor training, offered every other month
      • Volunteer 1-5 (or more) hours weekly, at a time and location convenient for you
    • Current Tutor Forms - Adult Tutoring Hours Submission Form


    Contact Information

    Mandy Dwyer
    Literacy Support Specialist
    Department of Adult Education and Literacy
    Phone 815-280-1331

  • College and Career Transition Center

    The College/Career Transition Services program has trained advisors available to assist eligible students with making the transition from adult education classes to college-level courses and programs.

    Transition Services

    Students enrolled or previously enrolled in JJC's High School Equivalency (HSE), GED, HiSET, TASC, English as a Second Language (ESL) or adult high school courses are encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with a College and Career Transition Advisor who can help them take the next step in their future.

    Qualified advisors will assist adult education students in:

    • Onboarding Services
    • Career Exploration
    • Academic and Career Assessments
    • JJC’s Application Process
    • Financial Aid Information
    • Individualized Academic Advising
    • Career Advising
    • Campus Tours
    • Test Preparation


    Contact Information

    Michelle Lyman
    College & Career Transition Specialist
    Department of Adult Education and Literacy
    Phone 815-280-1335