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Illinois HSD/GED, ELA/ESL Classes & More

Adult learners: Prepare for your GED, earn your Illinois high school diploma, discover your college opportunities or learn English Language Acquisition/English as a Second Language at JJC for free.

Adult Education Services


Registration for Fall Classes is Open

Free classes will be available in an online, hybrid and in-person format. Classes include: 


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Questions about how to get started? Email DAELstaff@jjc.edu or call (815) 280-1333.

How To Get Started

  1. Watch our informational video, sign up for an orientation session, and complete your enrollment form
  2. Attend orientation online or in-person and sign up for ELA/ESL or HSD/GED testing. 
  3. Register for classes and complete testing. You must provide a photo ID during testing (driver's license, high school ID, Sam's Club card, Costco card, etc.)

Who We Help

We help adults and those age 16 and older. Our services are for those who want to:

  • earn their high school diploma or GED
  • learn English Language Acquisition/English as a Second Language (ESL)*
  • get help with reading, writing, or math skills 
  • further their education or apply for a job

*ELA/ESL Classes are free, non-credit classes which are not to be used to meet Au Pair programs educational requirements, or with other programs not allowable by grant restrictions.

What We Offer

Let us help you reach a brighter future. Through our free classes and personal advising, you'll feel more confident about applying for a job or going back to school (college or otherwise). Our programs and services include: 

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When Can I Take Classes?

We offer GED prep classes and ESL classes during the following semesters:

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • Summer semester
Registration for Fall classes is open. 

Watch our Informational Video and Register 

2022 Graduation

  • Watch the Ceremony

    Congratulations, Graduates!

    JJC's 37th Annual Graduation and Recognition Ceremony took place on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

About Our Office

  • Vision Statement

    The Department of Adult Education and Literacy will be the first 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.

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