Adult High School Diploma


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. 

Announcements

  • 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

    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.

    Highlights

    • 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,
    email: ebudd@jjc.edu

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

    Who We Are

    Joliet Junior College DAEL is proud to offer a high school diploma program for students who qualify.

    Our two programs, High School Credit and Early School Leavers Transition Program, permit us to provide a pathway for all students, who meet program qualifications, to earn their high school diploma and successfully transition into employment, continuing education, military service, or an internship/apprenticeship program.

    Our two independent study, open enrollment programs, are designed for students to:

    • Earn their required high school credits
    • Complete a career exploration and employment readiness course, and
    • Plan their successful transition into employment, a continuing education program, active or reserve military service, or into an internship or apprenticeship program.

    We are honored to continue our partnership with both in and out of district high schools. Since some schools send dozens of students, some very few, our goal is to provide access to all of our available academic programs for all qualifying students.

    Who We Serve

    Our program is open to all students who are seeking to obtain their high school diploma.

    The first step to program admittance is contacting your current or former high school about their diploma guidelines. Each school district determines student eligibility.

    The fundamental qualification for students entering our program is an agreement from the student’s home high school. The high school must agree to accept the credits earned through the program and then agree to issue the diploma upon successful completion of all requirements.

    *Our program has general guidelines imposed by the ICCB that we must follow:*

    • All students must be at least age 16.
    • All Students must have a current drop letter from their high school before they can apply for the diploma program.
    • Either the student's current "home high school" (high school in the district where you now reside) or the original high school must agree to issue their diploma upon successful completion of the program.
    • Students must attend a Testing and Orientation session to register for the course.
    • Students must complete the requirements as listed on their “Joint Agreement” as provided by the home high school.
    • Requirements may include academic credits, community service hours, the IL and US Constitution test, etc.
    • We offer a full battery of high school classes.
    • Our program focuses on being both Goal Directed, and Guided by Student Performance.
    • Our program adapts well to students with an IEP/504.
    • Our program includes provisions for students who are on court supervision.

    One Program - Three Components

    The High School Credit and Early School Leavers Transition Program consists of three required components which the student must complete in order to earn their diploma. Upon completing the testing and orientation, the student will be enrolled in the High School Credit and Job Skill Classes.

    While enrolled in these courses the student must complete two Career/Educational Transitional Guidance Meetings with our Transition Specialist. Additionally, the student will complete a minimum of fifteen hours of Career Exploration Experience activities.

    High School Credit:

    • Academic credit recovery course
    • Supervised independent study with Certified high school teachers
    • Professional tutoring available on multiple campuses
    • Students will attend one day (Mon-Thurs) or two nights (Mon & Tues) per week

    Job Skills:

    • Essential class for our student population
    • Curriculum focuses on job training and employment success
    • Mock interviews and resume building
    • Students will attend one day (Mon-Thurs) or two nights (Mon & Tues) per week

    Career/Educational Transition Guidance: 

    • Students will meet with our Transition Specialist a minimum of two times prior to completing our program and earning their diploma
    • Meetings will focus on assisting the student developing a plan for their next steps after earning your diploma
    • Facilitates completing next educational steps including: career exploration, educational major/school exploration, entrance application completion assistance, FAFSA completion assistance, and financial aid / scholarship assistance
    • Supervises completion of student’s Career Exploration Experience (minimum requirement 15 hours)
    • Facilitates transition into the military, the trades, career selections

    Do You Qualify? Contact us today!

    Contact Information

    Libby Budd,
    Manager, Adult Education and Literacy
    Phone 815-280-1357
    email: ebudd@jjc.edu

  • 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
    Email: broland@jjc.edu

  • 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 mdwyer@jjc.edu 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 mdwyer@jjc.edu.

    Volunteer Tutoring Training Information

    • The next Tutor Training will be held in November. Call or e-mail Mandy Dwyer for details (815) 280-1331, mdwyer@jjc.edu
    • 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
    Email: mdwyer@jjc.edu.

  • 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
    Email: mlyman@jjc.edu