Adults who are interested in furthering their education have a variety of programs to choose from at Sauk Valley Community College. At Sauk, the Adult Education Department assists adults age 17 and up in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to earn a GED, to improve their English language skills, and to transition to higher education or vocational training. "Our programs emphasize basic skills, such as reading, writing, math, and learning the English language," said Chris Pilling, Marketing Coordinator for Sauk Valley Community College. "We are helping our students become more employable, to be more productive members of the community, and to become successful partners in their children's education."
A typical Adult Education participant might be a high school student who left before graduating, or a home-schooled student wanting his or her GED certificate. For GED preparation, instruction at Sauk prepares students to take the four tests that complete the GED high school equivalency certificate. Free support services are also available. During the last academic year, 39 Sauk students earned their GED certificate.
"In addition, we assist workers who want promotions at work, but need to upgrade their math, reading or writing skills," added Pilling. "We also teach students for whom English is not their first language." Students interested in obtaining U.S. Citizenship are advised to participate in ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to build their English language speaking, reading, and writing skills.
"The services we provide include preparing for the Citizenship interview and offering the opportunity to consult with a legal representative, which costs $40," explained Pilling. "The consultation clarifies a person's eligibility to become a citizen and to qualify for a fee waiver, and provides application preparation and submission of the application to USCIS." An ESL class will be offered at Sauk Valley Community College on Monday and Wednesday mornings in the Adult Education office this fall. For more information, visit svcc.edu/adulted or call 815-835-6310.
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