Adult Education

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC) is committed to delivering exceptional education and strengthening its communities.  Part of that mission includes the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program, which helps individuals achieve their educational goals.


The AEL is a grant-funded program that offers a variety of courses to meet the diverse needs of its enrolled individuals. Classes and supportive services are offered at no cost to students.  The program curriculum and instruction are aligned with the current high school standards as well as career-and-college-readiness expectations.  Some examples of AEL courses include GED Test Preparation, Healthcare Bridge, Adult Basic Education, Parenting, and more.

Adult Secondary courses are designed to prepare students for the General Education Development (GED) or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) exams.  Students will also prepare for a transition to college and/or the workforce. 

To enroll in the AEL program:

  • Individuals must be at least 16 years of age or older
  • Individuals under the age 18 must provide formal separation documentation from the public school system
  • Those enrolling in the program must complete the required assessments for class placement, advisement, and/or referrals

AEL courses are typically offered in an eight-week format throughout the year. Classes are typically offered every eight weeks.  For more information regarding classes in your area, please contact an Adult Education employee at the college nearest to you:

Frontier Community College
FCC Adult Education Brochure [PDF]
Angel Maguire, Director of Adult Education
FCC offers off-site classes at Albion, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Flora, Newton, and Lawrenceville.

Lincoln Trail College
Rena Gower, Director of Instructional Support Services 
(618) 544-8657 ext. 1134

Olney Central College
Dr. Linda Shidler, Academic Success Center Director
(618) 395-7777 ext. 2265

Wabash Valley College
Tabatha Niduaza, Academic Success Center Director
(618) 262-8641 ext. 3510