ESL, Adult Basic Ed, GED
English as a Second Language (ESL)
English as a second language instruction can benefit any non-native English speaker, regardless of language group or nationality. View programs»
Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE)
ABE and ASE classes are pre-college level courses designed for adults who do not have a high school diploma. Courses are not applicable toward any associate degree or vocational certificate. To enroll, students must be at least 16 years of age and cannot be enrolled in high school. Upon successful completion of one ABE/ASE class and the GED test, students receive free in-district tuition for one three-credit hour college class, to help them achieve their educational and career-related goals. Note: ABE/ASE classes meet on campus in Building K, and at offsite locations.
ABE classes include instruction in reading, math, writing and computers and focus on improving basic skills.
ASE classes prepare students for the General Educational Development (GED) test, the nationally accepted equivalent of a high school diploma. Practice tests are administered during class to enable students to gauge their success on the GED test.
Please call 847-214-6945 for more information.
General Education Development (GED)
ECC offers an online GED review course for those who qualify. Call 847-214-6948 for more information.
GED in Spanish
GED classes are available for those seeking classes taught in Spanish.
All classes are free of charge. Additionally, upon successful completion of one ABE/ASE course and the GED® test, or of the advanced level ESL classes, eligible students receive free in-district tuition for one three-credit hour class. Students attending ECC on certain types of visas are not permitted to enroll in the free adult education program.
Disclosure of Federal Participation
Approximately $436,363 (35%) of the Illinois Adult Education and Literacy Program cost at Elgin Community College are federally funded under Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.