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In the Adult Education and Career Transition program, we provide free classes and tutoring to parents interested in continuing their basic education, learning English, or obtaining their high school equivalency. We also support parents in making successful transitions to college programs, employment, and training opportunities. We strive to promote children’s success in school in part by helping parents’ achieve their educational and economic goals.

If you are a parent or family member of a child in an Early Head Start/Head Start program or a Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) resident, then we invite you to call one of our three locations to set up an appointment, determine your eligibility, and enroll in our English or Spanish High School Equivalency (HSE) or English As a Second Language (ESL) classes.


The English as a Second Language (ESL) program supports parents and family members with learning English so they can be strong advocates for their children’s education. All levels of learners are welcomed, and classroom/tutoring participation includes practice with conversational, reading and writing skills. Some topics also help to enhance parent-child interactions and learning outside the classroom.

The High School Equivalency program offers classes and tutoring in English and Spanish, covering math, reading, writing and technology skills. Learners progress at their own level while gaining confidence and skills to pass the GED test and pursue employment and higher learning opportunities.

In addition to ESL classes and GED classes in English and Spanish, the Adult Education and Career Transition program offers special workshops on topics including

  • employment readiness
  • family literacy
  • financial literacy
  • leadership training
  • peer-to-peer transitional support

Enrolled learners have access to an onsite social worker who acts as a community liaison to provide links to needed resources.

AED Program

Susie Karwowski
Program Manager
AED Program - Site Rotates
Megan Wells
AED Program - Site rotates
Elisha Hall
Lead Instructor
AED Program - Site Rotates
Dawn Jackson
Case Manager
AED Program - Site Rotates

FAST South English GED

Barbara Travis
Chief Clerk
Megan Edgin
P/T Instructor
Son Nyugen
P/T Instructor

FAST West English GED

Gwen Holmes
Rachael Gruen
P/T Instructor
Meghna Nagham
P/T Instructor

FAST Southwest Spanish GED

Byron Sigcho
Lead Instructor
Annaly Pardino
GED Clerk
Lucia Padilla
Martin S. Rabotti
Carina Gonzalez
PT Instructor

FAST Southwest ESL

Ariel Gibbons
ESL Lead Instructor
Brenda Ruiz
ESL Clerk
Jenny Martinez
P/T ESL Instructor
Sophia Krotchmar
P/T ESL Instructor/Grad
Veronica Ocampo
P/T Program Specialist
Elidia Gallegos
900 hr Custm Srvc Asst.


Connect with Adult Education and Career Transition Today!

FAST South

King Community Service Center 

English High School Equivalency (HSE) Classes

4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Chicago, IL 60653

312-747-2354 or 312-747-2358


Garfield Community Service Center 

English High School Equivalency (HSE) Classes  

10 S. Kedzie Ave. Room L12 Basement Chicago, IL 60612 

312-746-5416 or 312-746-5419

FAST Southwest

St. Joseph’s Children’s Center 

English As A Second Language (ESL) Classes  & Spanish & English High School Equivalency (HSE) Classes

4800 S. Paulina St. Room 207 Chicago, IL 60609