Adult Education

February 14, 2020

The adult education program at Kishwaukee College is offering tuition-free High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) classes and a Citizenship class this spring. Registration for these classes is required. Interested people can register at the College and at locations throughout the community. Learners should schedule at least 3 hours for registration, orientation and placement testing. Childcare will not be provided at registration locations. Classes begin in early March. 

High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) classes prepare students to take the GED. Subject areas covered in these classes include reading, writing, social studies, science, math, and the U.S. Constitution. The classes are 8-weeks long and offered twice a semester. Classes can be taken at various locations throughout the community including at the College, Westminster Presbyterian Church in DeKalb and Sycamore High School. 

Kish is also offering a Citizenship class for people interested in learning about the U.S. Citizenship process. Relevant information for the U.S. Citizenship test, basic interviewing, test-tasking skills, and English vocabulary and grammar will be covered, among other topics. Students will need to be 18 years of age or older and score into placement. This class will be offered March through May.

Registration dates at Kishwaukee College (21193 Malta Rd., Malta, IL) are:
February 27 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
March 2 from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration dates at Westminster Presbyterian Church (830 N. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb, IL) are:
February 25 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
February 26 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration dates at Sycamore High School (555 Spartan Trail, Sycamore, IL) are:
February 26 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
February 27 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For more information visit www.kish.edu/adulteducation or contact administrative assistant Mari Vesey at mvesey@kish.edu or 815-825-9420.


Photo: Registration opens in late February for tuition free high school equivalency (HSE/GED) classes through Kishwaukee College. Photo: Students in an adult education course.

November 27, 2019

The adult education program at Kishwaukee College is offering tuition-free English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) classes in Spring 2020. Registration for these classes is required. Interested people can register at the College and at locations throughout the community. Learners should schedule at least 3 hours for registration, orientation and placement testing. Childcare will not be provided at registration locations. Classes begin January 13.

High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) classes prepare students to take the GED. Subject areas covered in these classes include reading, writing, social studies, science, math, and the U.S. Constitution. The classes are 8-weeks long and offered twice a semester. Classes can be taken at various locations throughout the community.

Spanish GED classes are offered at two locations and will meet January through April.

Beginning, intermediate and advanced ESL classes will meet January through April. Academic reading and writing ESL classes are open to ESL students who are interested in reading and writing improvement and college preparation. Students will need to score into placement.

Kish is also offering a citizenship class for people interested in learning about the U.S. citizenship process. Relevant information for the U.S. Citizenship test, basic interviewing, test-tasking skills, and English vocabulary and grammar will be covered, among other topics. Students will need to be 18 years of age or older and score into placement. This class will be offered March through May.

Registration dates at Kishwaukee College (21193 Malta Rd., Malta, IL) are:
December 10 from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
December 11 from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
December 17 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
December 18 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
December 19 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
January 2 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
January 3 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration dates at Westminster Presbyterian Church (830 N. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb, IL) are:
January 6 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
January 7 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
January 8 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Registration dates at Sycamore High School (555 Spartan Trail, Sycamore, IL) are:
January 7 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
January 8 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration dates at Christ Community Outreach Center (316 N. 6th St., DeKalb, IL) are:
January 6 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
January 8 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration dates at Rochelle United Methodist Church (709 4th Ave., Rochelle, IL) are:
January 6 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
January 7 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

For more information visit www.kish.edu/adulteducation or contact administrative assistant Mari Vesey at mvesey@kish.edu or 815-825-9420.


Photo: Registration opens in December for tuition free ESL and high school equivalency (HSE/GED) classes at Kishwaukee College. Photo: Students in an adult education course.

July 11, 2019

Kishwaukee College Adult Education classes open for registration on July 31. Classes are for people interested in preparing to take the GED, people with English as a Second Language (ESL) interested in increasing their English-language skills, and people interested in learning about the United States citizenship process. Anyone interested in these courses must attend one of the registrations prior to the start of class. Registration is available on Kish campus as well as throughout the local community. Learners should schedule at least 3 hours for registration, orientation and placement testing. Classes are free to take.

High School Equivalency classes prepare students to take the GED. Subject areas covered in class include reading, writing, social studies, science, math, and the U.S. Constitution. The class places emphasis on practical application of the subjects and total development of the learner. For Fall 2019, the College will offer multiple 8-week classes to choose from.

Beginning, intermediate and advanced ESL classes will run for 13-weeks. One beginner/intermediate ESL class held on Kish campus this fall will focus on computer skills along with English-language development.

This semester, the College is also offering a citizenship class for people interested in learning about the U.S. citizenship process. Relevant information for the U.S. Citizenship test, basic interviewing, test-tasking skills, and English vocabulary and grammar will be covered, among other topics. Class participants must provide a copy of legal, permanent residency documentation at enrollment time.

For registration dates, times and locations visit www.kish.edu/adulteducation or contact Administrative Assistant Mari Vesey at mvesey@kish.edu or 815-825-9420.

November 30, 2018

The Kishwaukee College Workforce and Continuing Education department is holding registration for Adult Education classes prior to the start of Spring Semester 2019. Registration dates start prior to the semester, beginning Tuesday, December 11 and ending Thursday, January 10, 2019. For a complete listing of registration dates visit www.kish.edu/wce. Learners should allot at least three hours for registration, orientation, and assessment. Registration for classes is free.

Adult Education includes High School Equivalency (HSE)/GED and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. HSE/GED preparation classes prepare students for high school equivalency tests. Subject areas include reading, writing, social studies, science, math, and the Constitution with an emphasis on practical application and total development of the learner. ESL classes strengthen English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills for employment, college, and student success. Instruction is provided for beginning, intermediate, and advanced level ESL learners.

On-campus registration will be held in room C1209. Dates are as follows:

Tuesday, December 11 from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, December 12 from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday, December 17 from 8:00 am –  5:00 pm

Thursday, December 20 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Enter Kish using doors #12, #58 or #61 from parking lot B. Registration is offered at Kish as well as various community locations. For a complete listing of registration dates visit www.kish.edu/wce.

For more information about Adult Education classes, contact Jaime Schrader at 815-825-9408 or jschrader1@kish.edu.

March 2, 2018

Sometimes high school doesn’t go as planned. In those cases when it doesn’t, there are other opportunities and support available at Kishwaukee College to set life back in motion and on a different track. The Adult Education department and the Kishwaukee College Foundation offered Gabriele Munch the preparation and financial support she needed to find a path to success.

Gabriele found high school to be a challenge, socially and emotionally, from the beginning. “I tried home schooling during my freshman year,” she explained. “When I went to high school sophomore year, I struggled and failed some classes and then fell behind.”
Gabriele had the academic skills necessary to succeed but found herself lost in large classrooms. She struggled to find her place in the social hierarchy of high school. When a personal tragedy involving a friend occurred, she missed enough school that she found herself nearly 16 credits behind in her senior year. “I just dropped out at that point,” she stated.

A voracious reader with a curious mind, Gabriele knew she wanted to complete her education. Her family suggested she enroll in a GED/High School Equivalency preparation class offered through Kish’s Adult Education department and then take the exams.

Her prep class instructors, Patti Wragg and Suzanne Meerman, found an eager student who had the motivation to learn everything she could. Determined, Gabriele passed all the GED/HSE exams in a single semester, something that is very difficult to complete. “I discovered I really had learned more in high school than I thought. And the class was small so I received a lot of personal attention from Patti and Suzanne and that helped me focus,” Gabriele said.

Wanting to continue her education by enrolling in a Dental Assisting Program at Kish, Gabriele found assistance from the Kishwaukee College Foundation, specifically the George E. and Betty B. Dutton Memorial Fund. George Dutton Jr. and his wife Betty Dutton played an important role in the city of Sycamore and DeKalb County in the second half of the 20th century. Their son, Jim, was chairman of the board of NB&T until the sale to First Midwest Bank in 2015. Although he now lives out of state, Jim remains actively interested in the local area.

The Dutton Memorial Fund has supported Kish College GED/HSE students since 1999. The Fund assists with paying for the GED/HSE exams and also supports students who complete the exams and then continue their education at Kish. Gabriele received $500 from the Dutton Fund and an additional $625 from First National Bank Scholarship for Non-Credit/Short-Term Training Programs. The generosity of the two programs, both administered by the Kishwaukee College Foundation, meant she only paid $75 for the program.

“I had a lot of dental work done in my life and knew a friend in a Dental Assisting Program so I felt like this was a good career path for me,” she said. “And I really enjoy the class. I am looking forward to completing it and working in the field.”

To show gratitude for the Dutton Family’s history of financial support, the Kishwaukee College Foundation named the College’s Financial Aid Office suite “The George and Betty Dutton Financial Aid Office” in 2012. Jim Dutton visited campus that winter to see the offices that now bear his family name. He stated, “My parents saw the GED program as an opportunity to assist students who may otherwise not be able to take advantage of the offerings being made available through the College. It struck a nerve for them, I think. It feels good to know the funds go to a good cause and helps people better their education.”

As a recipient of the Dutton’s far-sighted generosity, Gabriele Munch wholeheartedly agrees.

For more information on the Adult Education department, contact Jaime Schrader at jschrader1@kish.edu;  for more information on the Kishwaukee College Foundation, contact Christine Kyler at ckyler@kish.edu.