Adult Education in Connecticut with Course and School Overviews

There are a number of adult education centers located throughout Connecticut, many operated by school districts. These schools provide opportunities for adult basic education, career and technical training, or for lifelong learning.

Schools and Programs

Adult students can find opportunities through school districts, education centers, community colleges and the continuing education divisions of Connecticut universities. Adult education includes a variety of courses and programs. Some, such as high school completion or English as a Second Language, help students gain the educational skills to meet their goals. Some teach students skills to enter a new career, and some teach students about subjects that interest them, such as art or dance. Many courses are held in the evenings, and multiple campuses may be available. Two adult learning opportunities and some of their offerings are outlined below.

Schools at a Glance

School Location Institution Type Program Levels
Middletown Adult Education Middletown, CT Adult School diploma/GED, certificate
Stamford Adult Education Stamford, CT Adult School diploma/GED

Middletown Adult Education

The Middletown Adult Education school offers a variety of academic programs, job and workplace training, personal enrichment classes and counseling services. Classes are offered at various locations. Several learning opportunities are also available online.

Adult High School Completion Programs

There are three options offered to students looking to complete their high school education. All are offered free of charge to residents in surrounding towns. The adult high school credit diploma program allows student to complete a number of credits and earn a Middletown Board of Education Adult High School Diploma. The external diploma program is designed for older adults who have already gained some professional experience. Students may also complete a series of national standardized tests and earn a State of Connecticut High School Diploma.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) and Citizenship Program

Non-English speaking residents can take ESL classes (free of charge) to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Citizenship classes prepare students to fulfill Immigration and Naturalization Services' requirements for citizenship.

Safe-Serve Food Handler's Certificate Program

Students who complete this program are eligible for the Certified Food Handler designation awarded by the National Restaurant Association. The course consists of three sessions. Students must pass an exam to receive certification.

Art Classes

Adults can choose from courses in photography, drawing, watercolors and zentangle. Courses are designed for students who wish to explore new artistic techniques. Most courses are offered during the evening.

Bartender Certificate

In this career training course, students learn the art of bartending in a hands-on environment. Topics such as state liquor laws, product information, and secondary duties are also covered. Upon completion of the course, students will get certified in responsible alcohol service.

Stamford Adult and Continuing Education School

Stamford Adult Education is run by the local public school district's Office of Adult and Continuing Education. The school provides students with adult basic education and English as a Second Language(ESL) programs. A number of personal enrichment courses are also available.

Adult High School Completion Programs

Adult students lacking a high school diploma can complete their secondary education through the high school credit diploma program, the external diploma program or by taking the General Educational Development (GED) exam. Programs and GED test opportunities are provided at various times and locations.

English as a Second Language Classes

Classes offered in basic ESL and workforce preparation provide non-English speakers the opportunity to improve reading, writing and comprehension skills. A family literacy program is offered to parents of young children with a focus on parental involvement in education.

Dance Classes

Adult students can explore new styles of dance while keeping active and fit. Classes are offered in argentine tango dancing, line dancing, and Nia dance workouts. Most classes are held in the evenings.

Finance Classes

Topics range from home purchasing to retirement planning. Most classes are one session and are held in the evenings. Additional topics include investing, college preparation and social security.

Foreign Language Classes

These courses explore cultures and languages, including French, Spanish, Italian, German and Mandarin Chinese. Basic classes cover vocabulary, pronunciation and functional grammar. Continuation classes emphasize grammar, advanced pronunciation and dialogue.

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