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Hanover Park Education and Work Center celebrates first-year success

Hanover Park EWC

Classes at the center are offered in English as a Second Language, adult basic education and GED courses in English and Spanish.

The Hanover Park Education and Work Center (EWC) has garnered overwhelmingly positive community response during its first year of programming, according to Rebecca Walker, the center's senior director.

The EWC is a partnership between ECC, Harper, the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, the Village of Hanover Park, and the state of Illinois. According to its first year report, the center has seen nearly 4,900 new faces walk through its doors-an average of 22 people a day.

“Enrollment was high from the beginning, with a total of 611 students served in the first year in adult education classes provided by ECC and Harper College and many more within the workNet Center,” Walker said.

Classes at the center are offered in English as a Second Language (ESL), adult basic education (reading, math and writing) and GED courses in English and Spanish. It also provides student advising and assistance with financial aid, scholarships and college applications.

A workNet Center, run by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, operates a satellite site to offer job counseling, workshops and job training assistance. All of the classes and services offered at the center will be free.

“Current students continue to refer their friends and family members, allowing the EWC to serve as a starting place for the community to begin their educational and employment journey,” Walker said.

The center is located in the Hanover Square Plaza Shopping Center, 6704 Barrington Road, Hanover Park. For more information or to register, call 630-634-7400. 

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