Fairfax County Adult Education

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
An array of adult education programs - including basic education classes, professional and personal development courses, and lifelong learning programs for the retired population - are offered throughout Fairfax County. Read on to discover the different adult education options available.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV)

LCNV offers several adult education services designed to help non-English speaking adults learn language and life- and career-readiness skills. Available at locations throughout the region, these programs include:

  • English classes for beginners, which teach reading, writing, and speaking skills, with an emphasis on how these skills apply to life in the United States, the local community, and the workforce.
  • The Family Learning Program, which offers English classes to adults who have children. As adults attend English language classes, their children receive English guidance and homework assistance.
  • Skills-based classes, for adults who have mastered the concepts taught in beginner-level classes and need help developing particular language and literacy skills.
  • Destination Workforce, which is a program designed to help immigrants gain the basic literacy skills required to enter the workforce in entry-level positions.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)

The Workforce Development Division at NOVA provides career development and personal enrichment classes, professional certificate courses, and ESL classes at its campuses throughout the region. Offerings include:

  • Professional certificate programs and courses for many careers, primarily within the business and management, IT and computers, and education fields.
  • The American Culture and Language Institute, which offers ESL courses at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels to English language learners, including immigrants and adults who are in the United States on visas. Classes are available to teach students basic skills, to prepare them for employment or to take the TOEFL.

Lifetime Learning Institute of Northern Virginia (LLI)

The nonprofit LLI provides educational programs for adults who are 50 or older. Ran in affiliation with NOVA, LLI offers non-credit one- to eight-session courses, study-travel opportunities and speaker forums. Classes cover subjects such as philosophy, history, technology, personal finance, and the arts.

Northern Virginia Regional Adult Education (NOVARAE)

In Fairfax County, Alexandria City Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools and Arlington Public Schools all participate in NOVARAE, which is part of a state-wide initiative that offers adult education courses and services. These include:

  • ESOL classes that teach non-English speaking adults how to speak, listen, read and write in English. Classes are available for adults at different levels of English-language proficiency.
  • Adult Basic Education courses, which help adults with basic math and language arts skills and prepare them to earn their high school diploma.
  • GED services which include helping adults find in-person or online classes, and assistance with registering for the GED test.

Online Education Options for Fairfax County Adults offers many online courses for adults. All online courses are self-paced and include multiple quizzes and practice exams to help students gauge how much they're learning. These courses may be taken via a computer or mobile device at the student's convenience. Offerings include:

  • A comprehensive GED prep course covering all the subjects included on the GED test.
  • Foreign Language Courses, including ESL and TOEFL prep classes for English language learners, and beginner-level French and Spanish classes for English speaking adults.
  • Professional Development Courses, which include certification prep courses for teachers and other professionals, computer training courses, and classes to help professionals improve their business, communication and leadership skills.

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