ASE or Adult Secondary Education (formerly GED) classes are for those students 16 years of age or older, who are not enrolled in high school and have not earned a high school diploma or its equivalent. Students prepare for the High School Equivalency Certificate. Past students who have taken ASE classes and earned the High School Equivalency Certificate have successfully transitioned into post-secondary education or career pathways.
ABE or Adult Basic Education (formerly Pre-GED) classes are for those students 16 years of age or older, who are not enrolled in high school and have not earned a high school diploma or its equivalent. Classes provide instruction to students in basic reading, math, and writing as well as skills needed in everyday life. Students who need basic literacy skills enroll in Adult Basic Education classes. Students progress at an individual pace. Past students who have successfully taken the ABE classes have transitioned into ASE classes.
English Language Acquisition or ELA (formerly ESL) classes are for students whose native language is not English. Students from all over the world learn spoken and written English skills as well as practical life skills. This class is nonacademic and does not qualify for student visa.
Literacy Tutoring is available through the Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition. Trained literacy volunteers work with adult students who want to improve basic reading, writing, math and English as a Second Language. Tutoring instruction is learner-centered. Tutors and students work either one-on-one or in small groups. Volunteer tutors participate in a training program before they are placed with students. Continual support is available for both tutors and students through support groups, special events, book clubs and workshops. Training, services and materials are provided at no charge.
Family Literacy is available through the Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition and includes five components: parent education (GED and English as a Second Language), child education, parenting education, parent and child together activities (PACT), and library involvement. Services provided at no charge.
All services are offered at no charge to eligible students.
Programs are held throughout the Carl Sandburg College district. Call to find convenient times and locations:
Sandburg Mall, Galesburg
Rose Park, Intake Advisor
309-344-1631 ext. 2624
The Branch Campus, Carthage
217.357.3129, ext. 7246,
The Extension Ctr.,
309-344-1631 ext 2625
Director of the Adult Learning Center
1150 W. Carl Sandburg Dr.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Fax: (309) 344-1626
Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition
1150 W. Carl Sandburg Dr.