Welcome to Adult Education

 

The instructional services provided by the Adult Education Program are in alignment with and relevant to HCC’s mission and provide access to post-secondary education and employment opportunities that are essential to our clients’ success. These services include…

Adult Learners who have graduated from high school or completed the GED® may enroll in Adult Education classes if they score sufficiently on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and meet other program specific requirements.

Featured Programs

Accelerate Texas program

 

The Houston Community College Adult Education program was awarded a $425,000 Accelerate TEXAS grant intended to help adult learners start and complete training for new careers in a faster, more affordable way.

As part of its grant activities HCC will also be the fiscal agent and mentor for a consortium that includes Galveston and Del Mar Colleges, providing them with technical assistance in the design of the contextualized curricula and instructional strategies.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board funds Accelerate TEXAS and provides services at state community and technical college districts and campuses in partnership with federally-supported adult education and literacy programs funded by the Texas Workforce Commission. Accelerate TEXAS programs help underprepared adults to more quickly complete high-demand career training programs while they are concurrently enrolled in support classes that improve their reading and math skills. Students may work toward a GED while they are training or they may already have high school diploma, sometimes students are even other language speakers.

Concurrent enrollment shortens the time it takes for students to train, so more of them wind up completing certificates and other industry-recognized credentials. To improve student reading and math skills, ATX programs use contextualized curricula to make learning more relevant and engaging for students. Instead of learning concepts based in the abstract, students training to be welders for instance; read about welding, write about welding, and use math to solve welding-related problems.

"HCC was one of the first institutions that received Accelerate TEXAS funding in 2011. Since that time we have worked together to help prepare many adult Texas learners to enter college and succeed," said David Gardner, deputy commissioner for academic planning and policy for THECB.

The THECB, HCC and this program demonstrate how integrating basic skills and workforce training can help adult learners earn credentials, said Gardner.

HCC is the largest adult education provider in Texas and recognized for the expertise it has acquired regarding the operation and design of ATX programs.

David Joost, director of adult education at HCC, is a vocal advocate for ATX models and regularly states to anyone that will listen that, "In all of my experience as an educator, I can't think of a better strategy than Accelerate TEXAS for helping underprepared students to complete postsecondary certificates and degrees. Teachers recognize that it works; students recognize that it works, and employers recognize that it works. It's the best thing that's ever happened to adult education."

Go to www.hccs.edu/adult-education for more information on Accelerate TEXAS and the Adult Education Program at HCC.

 

Employer-based ESL and Literacy Services

As part of its Adult Education and Literacy contract with the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board, Houston Community College is required to offer workplace literacy, workforce literacy and other career pathway programs for adult learners.

Workplace Literacy (WPL) programs are generally offered at an employer’s worksite, exclusively for a specific employer’s workers. The curriculum for Workplace Literacy projects is customized and based on authentic print and other media that are used by workers for their day-to-day health, safety and environmental work activities. Instructors use authentic media to teach Reading, Writing, Math and Language skills to workers and simultaneously reinforce the acquisition content of the materials. English as-a Second Language (ESL) options are available.

Workplace literacy is a fee-based service with employers, employees and the college in combination, supporting necessary project costs. Employers at a minimum pay for the cost of instruction with other costs such as supervision, instructional materials and curriculum design being negotiated.

To find out more, employers should call (713) 718-8379.

Workforce Literacy (WFL) programsare offered at HCC campuses or other locations exclusively for a specific employer or group of employers’ workers. The curriculum for Workplace Literacy projects is customized and based other media that are used by workers for their day-to-day health, safety and environmental work activities. Instructors use authentic media to teach Reading, Writing, Math and Language skills to workers and simultaneously reinforce the acquisition content of the materials. . English as-a Second Language (ESL) options are available.

Workplace literacy is a fee-based service with employers, employees and the college in combination, supporting necessary project costs. Employers at a minimum pay for the cost of instruction with other costs such as supervision, instructional materials and curriculum design being negotiated.

 To find out more, employers should call (713) 718-8379.

Accelerate Texas (ATX) combines career skill training with contextualized basic skills designed to prepare adult learners for specific types of employment. Employers can support ATX programs with paid internships and job placement of program participants. ATX programs train students in a variety career options including, Computer Support Specialist, General Office Support Specialist, Medical Business Office Professional, HVAC Technician, Welding Technician, Commercial Truck Driver, and Certified Nurse Aid. Other career training options are also periodically available. In most cases, it is not necessary for students to possess a high school diploma or GED®. ATX programs can also be designed to benefit English as-a-Second Language (ESL) adult learners.

To find out more, email us at adulteducation.atx@hccs.edu or call (713) 718-2312

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Accelerate Texas program at HCC to offer free training

Sep 12, 2016

The Accelerate Texas program at Houston Community College has teamed up with the HCC School of Continuing Education to train more people for good paying jobs that are in demand.

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Doris Larry recognized as Adult Education Teacher of the Year

Apr 20, 2016

An instructor for the Houston Center for Literacy, Doris has taught in Adult Education for more than 20 years. She is known for her use of innovative teaching strategies, her unlimited energy, and for ensuring that her students accomplish their personal dreams and educational goals.

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HCC Adult Education students awarded state organization's GED scholarships

Apr 8, 2016

Nana Yeboah and Emily Holbrook of the HCC Adult Education program have been notified that they are recipients of the 2016 Texas Adult Literacy And Education (TALAE) GED Awards.

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HCC Adult Education student selected as 2015 Learner of the Year

Dec 14, 2015

Ms. Lisa Romero, a student attending the HCC Adult Education Program, has been selected as the 2015 Adult Learner of the Year by Houston Center for Literacy.

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Houston Community College's GED/ESL orientation and registration for the Spring 2016 semester

Nov 17, 2015

Houston Community College's GED/ESL program will conduct orientation and registration for the Spring 2016 semester beginning on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - Thursday, January 7, 2016.

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HCC recognizes Accelerate Texas Week, November 9-15

Nov 8, 2015

Accelerate Texas is an instructional model that allows learners to enroll in career pathway training programs and contextualized Adult Education classes simultaneously so they can more quickly earn industry recognized credentials and enter employment.

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HCC's GED/ESL Program holds a Fall Mini-Session

Oct 27, 2015

HCC's GED/ESL Program to hold Orientation and Registration events on October 27th-29th.

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HCC announces commencement date for GED,Workforce and Academic graduates

Apr 1, 2015

The commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at NRG Stadium.

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Students aided by Cromnibus bill being passed

Jan 30, 2015

Congress approves bill, which will help low-income students.