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Adult Education

Adult Education

Harry S. Truman College

Free adult education courses, including ESL, basic math, reading and computer skills, career exploration, and citizenship.

Services Offered

Adult Education • ESL • Basic Reading • Basic Math • Career Exploration • Citizenship • Ged • Computer Skills


The following free classes are offered at Truman College, the satellite location, and other community sites:

• English as a Second Language (ESL)​
• Adult Basic Education (ABE) to develop reading and math skills
• GED® preparation (classroom instruction and online)
• Basic Computer Skills​
• Career Exploration
​• Citizenship

The Career Exploration course is available to all ESL and GED students. It occurs once a week for 3 hours and helps students explore career options and certificates and degrees available at Truman College.


1145 W. Wilson Ave., Room 2230, Chicago, IL 60640 41.964854 -87.6589256

Service Options

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Students must live in Illinois and show proof of residency.
  • Students do NOT need a social security number.
  • Students must be at least 18 years old in order to enroll in adult education classes. 16 and 17 year-olds may register with an official release letter certifying that they are no longer attending high school.
  • Students who hold J1 visas are not permitted to take Adult Education classes.


  • This service is free


  • Adults accepted

How to Apply

Prospective students should visit the Harry S. Truman's Adult Education Office (Room 2424 in the Main Campus) during office hours.

Students will complete an intake card and get appointments for placement testing and registration as needed.

Applicants must bring proof of Illinois residency. Accepted documents include:

  • State of Illinois I.D. or driver's license
  • Matricula Consular
  • US Mail
  • Utility bill (water, gas, electric, phone)
  • Signed letter from a homeless shelter
  • Current orders or letter for military service

Sixteen and seventeen year old's must bring their release forms as evidence they are not attending high school.

Before enrolling in classes, all students must complete a placement and/or progress examination to determine student placement.

GED classes are offered only on the Main Campus and at the Center on Halsted. The off-site locations offer ESL classes. See location web page for information about off-site locations.

Other Locations

South Chicago Learning Center
Program Phone: (773) 907-4350
3055 E. 92 Street Chicago, IL 60617
Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center
Program Phone: (773) 907-4350
1645 N. California Avenue Chicago, IL 60617
Harry S. Truman College
Program Phone: (773) 907-4350
1145 W. Wilson Ave., Room 2230
Chicago, IL 60640
Kennedy King
Program Phone: (773) 907-4350
6301 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60621
Richard J. Daley
Program Phone: (773) 907-4350
7500 S. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, IL 60652
Malcolm X
Program Phone: (773) 907-4350
1900 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
Arturo Velasquez Institute
Program Phone: (773) 907-4350
2800 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
West Side Learning Center
Program Phone: (773) 907-4350
4624 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60644
Dawson Technical Institute
Program Phone: (773) 907-4350
3901 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60609
Program Phone: (773) 907-4350
10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628
Wilbur Wright
Program Phone: (773) 907-4350
4300 N. Narragansett Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634