Adult Education - Atlanta

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Are you looking for adult education opportunities in Atlanta? In the article below, we take a look at some of the in-person and online educational resources available to Atlanta-area residents.

Adult Basic Education and Transition Services

As one of two main types of educational programs available to adult learners in Atlanta, these services can help individuals learn English, study for the GED or develop life and job readiness skills. Organizations offering these programs include:

Atlanta Public Schools

Adult education classes are offered by Atlanta Public Schools at over 10 locations throughout the city. Courses include:

  • Classes that prepare adults to take their GED exams
  • Transition services to help adults who've earned their GED go on to college and improve their career, life and financial skills
  • ESL courses emphasizing reading, writing and speaking in English, along with life-skills training for individuals who are unfamiliar with American culture

Atlanta Technical College's Adult Education Division

Classes and training resources are available at the Atlanta Tech campus as well as two off-site locations in Atlanta and East Point. Course options include:

  • Basic instruction in math, reading and writing
  • Prep courses for individuals taking their GED tests
  • Transition services to help adults prepare for work, college and professional certification
  • A resource center in which adults may receive guidance on topics ranging from resume writing and job search skills to money management and effective communication

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

Training classes and study materials are offered through the Learning and Career Center, which is located downtown in the Central Library. Available resources include:

  • GED prep courses (also offered at the Fairburn and East Point branches)
  • ESL classes and adult literacy tutoring
  • Classes to familiarize adults with widely used computer software and technology
  • Prep materials for college and military entrance exams

Continuing Education Programs

Adult learners in Atlanta can also find continuing education programs designed for their professional development and personal enrichment. These are primarily offered by postsecondary schools, including:

Atlanta Technical College's Continuing Education Department

Atlanta Technical College offers a variety of on-campus and online continuing education courses and workshops for adults seeking to develop skills for work or their personal lives:

  • Professional development course topics include personal trainer certification, forklift training and certification, real estate training, computer software training and Spanish for medical professionals
  • Personal enrichment courses include CPR training, e-book publishing, arts and crafts and sewing

Atlanta Metropolitan State College

On-campus, online and hybrid classes are offered to help students develop professional, academic and personal skills in a variety of areas. Courses include:

  • GRE, LSAT, SAT, GED, ACT/SAT and Praxis exam prep
  • Computer software and information technology training
  • Healthcare courses for medical professionals, including EMTs, vet assistants and aspiring pharmacy techs
  • Art, creative writing, language, photography and wellness courses
  • Accounting, finance, business and law courses

Emory University

Emory University's continuing education programs are offered on the main campus and its Executive Park location. Course options include:

  • Courses and workshops for seniors on such topics as printmaking, dance, art history and photography
  • Personal enrichment courses that cover personal finance, the arts and foreign languages
  • Prep courses for students who plan to take the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT or SAT exams
  • Technology training in Microsoft software, graphic design, web design and digital marketing
  • Professional development courses that provide training in business, management, communications and information technology
  • Certificate programs that train students in a wide range of careers, including au pair, paralegal, landscape design, event planning, HR management and project management

Online Courses

Adults in Atlanta who need the flexibility to study at their own paces and schedules will find a myriad of self-paced, online basic and continuing education courses on Course offerings include:

  • GED Courses that include a comprehensive study guide and individual prep courses for each of the math, science, social studies, reading and writing test sections
  • ACT and SAT Prep Courses covering exam content for the ACT as well as the PSAT, SAT and SAT subject tests
  • GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT Prep Courses to help students brush up on the skills tested by these graduate school admissions exams
  • Professional Development Resources, including noncredit certificate programs and courses on everything from management, finance and business writing to public speaking, music and interior design
  • Information Technology Courses providing introductory computing instruction, Java programming tutorials and continuing education for IT professionals and information systems teachers
  • Microsoft Office Courses covering PowerPoint and Excel
  • Foreign Language Courses for English language learners and students interested in studying French or Spanish

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