Schools and Programs
Depending on what you'd like to study, there is likely an adult education program option for you. Whether it's digital animation, accounting, finance, healthcare science, drawing, photography, or sculpture, among many other areas of study, there is likely something to interest you and help define your adult education pursuits. Trade or vocational school programs are also available for those who'd liked to enter the workforce in a shorter period of time via their studies. Listed below are examples of types of program options available to you.
Programs At a Glance
|Program||Prerequsites||Program Levels||Class Format|
|English as a Second Language||None||4-year||Postsecondary||On-campus, online|
|Undergraduate Degree||High school diploma or equivalent||Associate's, bachelor's||On-campus, online, hybrid|
|Trade or Vocational Program||High school diploma or equivalent||certificate, diploma||On-campus, online, hybrid|
By passing a state-issued GED test, a student earns the equivalent of a high school diploma. These programs teach students the topics covered by the GED test, which includes basic math, science, English, social studies and language arts.
Aimed at adults who have not completed their high school education for whatever reason, earning a GED helps individuals improve their job opportunities, as well as allows them to apply for college programs. GED programs are usually offered for free at adult education centers or through accredited college or universities. The test itself is formatted to include multiple-choice questions on math, science and reading, as well as a written essay portion.
English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are used by non-native English speakers to improve their English writing and speaking skills. These programs vary based on location and the needs of the local community, as well as on the resources of the adult education program that provides them.
Many ESL programs are taught with native Spanish speaking students in mind, though others are available for all non-native English speakers. The program largely focuses on the development of conversational English, proper grammar and writing skills. Occasionally, an ESL program will focus on English for business purposes.
Adult students can earn an associate's or bachelor's degree from a college or university. Earning a bachelor's degree can increase job options and be a great starting point for any further education, including a master's or doctoral degree program.
Students can opt to go straight to a 4-year college or university to earn their bachelor's degree or begin at a community college. Most community colleges offer 2-year associate's degree programs. With an associate's degree, students can either enter the workforce or transfer to a 4-year school and complete a bachelor's degree program. Many careers today require bachelor's degrees or above.
Trade or Vocational Program
Trade schools prepare students to enter the workforce. Programs offered by trade schools include specialized fields like plumbing, cosmetology and truck driving. These vocational programs offer hands-on education so that students are ready to work immediately upon completion of the program.