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 lifelong learning.

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Use this article to learn about what adult education programs in Connecticut have to offer in terms of completion programs, skills training and ESL classes. Then review a few of the schools that offer these programs

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 (ESL), help students gain the educational skills needed 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. Three adult learning opportunities and some of their offerings are outlined below.

Schools at a Glance

Middletown Adult Education

  • This adult education program is located in Middletown, CT.
  • Students may complete their diploma and take ESL classes.

Stamford Adult Education

  • This adult education school is located in Stamford, CT.
  • Students in this program may pursue their diploma/GED, vocational courses and English courses.

Valley Regional Adult Education

  • This adult education center is located in Shelton, CT.
  • Students may enroll in high school equivalency programs, ESL training, citizenship training and general education classes.

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 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.

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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 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.

Valley Regional Adult Education

Valley Regional Adult Education offers adults students training they will need to complete their secondary education or improve their academic skills. Students who are immigrants or not fluent English speakers may take courses to become proficient in English and prepare for citizenship. Most courses are on site, but there are a few online course available.

Adult High School Credit Diploma

This program is designed to give adults the opportunity to attend classes where they may earn high school credit and their diploma. It is a 21-credit program in which students may earn credit for work experience, home management, military experience and independent study, in addition to classroom hours.

Adult Basic Education and General Education Development

This program offers adults classes to improve their basic academic skills. This includes improving math skills, their understanding of science and social studies, their language arts skills and reasoning skills. Students who complete this program should be prepared to take the GED exams.

Citizenship Preparation

In this eight-week program students who intend to apply for U.S. citizenship may take classes that will prepare them for the citizenship exam and interview. These classes include American history and government courses.

For adults in Connecticut wanting to complete their high school diploma or earn a GED, there are a few adult education programs in the state that offer the courses. Also, many of these schools offer vocational training, ESL classes and citizenship preparation.

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