Schools and Programs
Adult basic education, GED preparation and English as a Second Language are examples of the essential kinds of adult education programs offered throughout Arizona's 15 counties. Adults can also develop basic skills needed for careers in many professional areas, such as business, manufacturing and computer technology. Program duration varies and can last anywhere from a few weeks up to two years. Some programs are offered at no cost. Adult studies can also prepare students to continue their studies at 4-year colleges and universities. The largest providers of adult education classes in Arizona are community college systems located in and near Arizona's most populous metropolitan areas, Phoenix and Tucson. Two of these schools are profiled below.
Schools At a Glance
|School||Location||Institution Type||Program Levels|
|Mesa Community College||Mesa, AZ||2-year, Public||Diploma/GED, Certificate, Associate's Degree|
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Diploma/GED, Certificate, Associate's Degree|
Mesa Community College's Adult Education Programs and School Overview
Located in the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona, Mesa Community College serves more than 21,000 students annually. In addition to its more than 150 career and technical studies options, Mesa provides a variety of adult education classes in Arizona for learners to prepare for degree programs or the job market. Adult learners who begin by taking GED preparation or English as a Second Language courses at Mesa Community College can find programs to assist them in reaching any vocational or educational goal, including matriculation into neighboring Arizona State University.
Community Education Programs
Community education at Mesa Community College includes non-credit adult education classes and programs in mortuary science and fitness. Online courses are offered for career training involving healthcare, office and computer skills.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs
Upon taking English language placement tests, adult learners at Mesa Community College are advised about ESL program options. Courses are available for four levels of English proficiency, as are transitional courses to ease ESL learners into the college environment.
Mesa's business program consists of five fields of focus to meet the information technology training needs of local Arizona employers. The school offers a multitude of certificate and associate's degree programs in business.
Pima Community College's Adult Education Programs and School Overview
With an annual enrollment of more than 47,000 students, including adult learners, Pima Community College has six campuses and several adult learning education centers throughout the Tucson metropolitan region in Pima County. Pima Community College provides extensive continuing and adult education courses in addition to its career-entry and college transfer degree programs. It has developed several adult education initiatives to meet the needs of Pima County's diverse communities, including the following free programs.
Adult Basic Education
Adult basic education focuses on essential reading and writing skills, as well as practical math skills. Pima provides a supportive atmosphere--stressing both English and Spanish literacy--with well-trained instructors for adults requiring pre-GED skill building.
High School Equivalency Preparation
High school equivalency (HSE) preparation covers each area of the GED high school equivalency exam: reading comprehension, writing, math, science and social studies. Frequent opportunities are available on campus to take the GED exam.
English Language Acquisition for Adults
Beginning through advanced students can improve their basic conversational and academic English skills in this program. Lessons integrate reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in contextualized situations.
Refugee Education Program
Tucson, AZ, has large refugee communities from Asia, Africa and southeastern Europe. Pima's Refugee Education Program provides practical English language lessons for adult learners to help them with daily living tasks.