Bristol, CT Adult Education

Instructor: Kimberly Elliott

Kimberly teaches college humanities and has a master's degree in humanities.

Residents of Bristol, CT are encouraged to check out various offerings from the Bristol Adult Education Center. More information on what is available from this institution can be found in the article below.

High School Completion

The Bristol Adult Education Center offers several approaches to finishing your high school diploma. Depending on what stage of life you are in, and what your educational and career goals are, there are several paths to follow, including:

  • GED: This set of classes will help you brush up on the skills needed to successfully pass the GED test. Classes are offered in the morning, early afternoon, or late afternoon/evening to fit your busy schedule. Students will take a pre-test to determine placement and will advance in their skills as they prepare to take the GED Test.
  • High School Diploma: Should you wish to earn a high school diploma, rather than complete the GED test, you may enroll in the high school credit program. Classes are offered in trimester-increments and are available in the morning or in the evening. If you have some high school education, this program lets you transfer in credits that you've already earned for high school classes. You can also receive credit for life experiences such as community service and work experience.
  • External Diploma: The National External Degree Program (NEDP) is an option for some who have gained knowledge through life and/or work experience, and would like to apply that knowledge towards receiving a diploma. Students work individually with a counselor in this self-paced program.
  • Adult Basic Education Skills Enhancement: This program is often the first step towards earning your high school diploma or GED. This program helps you improve your literacy and mathematics skills and is a year-round program, which you can start at any time. This program is free and classes are available in the daytime and at night.

Most of these options are available in a face-to-face format. If an online course is more suitable for your learning style and schedule, you may wish to check out our GED Study Guide which offers a mixture of text and video lessons as well as practice quizzes to guide you on your way to earning your GED. All four sections of the exam are covered in this course along with information to help you understand the question types found on the GED.


The Bristol Adult Education Center also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for both beginners and those with some limited English knowledge. Basic skills covered include oral and written communication, as might be found in daily communication with neighbors, teachers, clergy members, shopkeepers, doctors, and other community workers. Specific skills taught may include composing and reading personal and business letters and conversing in a variety of settings found in the activities of daily living. These classes will also go over the steps involved in naturalization and will help you complete Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) prerequisites. This program is offered in day or evening classes, and students may join at any time.

Our Learning English for the Workplace and English Grammar Rules courses provide convenient options that you can complete from the comfort of your own home. Additionally, we offer a U.S. Citizenship Study Guide course to help you understand the citizenship process in the United States as well as master the material in preparation for the U.S. Citizenship Test.

Technical Education

The Technical Education Program (TEP) is a branch of the Bristol Adult Education Center that offers adults several options designed to teach the skills needed to succeed in several careers, including:

  • Automotive technology
  • Culinary arts
  • Electronics
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Manufacturing
  • Welding and metal fabrication

Full-time career courses are offered during the day, and part-time programs, depending on availability and funding, are offered in the evenings. Full-time students, with the exception of HVAC, can expect to complete the program in one academic year (ten months), beginning in August.

Continuing Education

The Bristol Adult Education Center also offers continuing education in a number of exciting topics, such as:

  • Computer applications, where students master basic computing skills, such as word processing, spreadsheet creation, and database maintenance.
  • Health and fitness, including dance, yoga, and aerobics classes.
  • Arts and crafts, including stained glass making, and mosaics.
  • Languages, including Spanish and American Sign Language.
  • Personal finance, including how to manage your IRA.

These classes are offered both days and evenings. While some are daily, many are weekly, and an occasional few are seminar-style offered on one day only.

To get started right away and on your own schedule, you might like to check out any of the following engaging courses that we offer:

You can also check out this set of flashcards for American Sign Language to learn fingerspelling, numbers, letters, and important words in this nonverbal language.

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