What is Workforce Solutions Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program?
Since 2014 the Workforce Solutions Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program has provided publicly funded literacy services to help Brazos Valley citizens become self-sufficient. These programs assist individuals in acquiring skills needed to succeed in the workforce, earn a certificate of high school equivalency (HSE), and enroll in college or career training.
Our programs are operated by Blinn College (effective 2018), Brazos Valley Council of Governments Family Self-sufficiency Housing Program (effective 2014) and Madisonville Consolidated ISD (effective 2017).
Our AEL programs are at no cost for out-of-school individuals who are 16 years of age or older who are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law. The services are available in all 7 Counties of the Brazos Valley. Classes are offered day, evening and through distance learning. AEL enrollment is year around (see Adult Education and Literacy Registration Form below).
You do not have to be a citizen to attend classes.
Workforce Solutions AEL Program is a proud partner of #MoveAheadWithAdultEd, a new national campaign enrolling adult learners into career training programs that equip them with skills that lead to jobs paying a family-sustaining wage.
The campaign targets the millions of Americans who need to reskill or upskill to re-enter the workforce.
Classes Offered Include:
High School Equivalency Classes prepare the individual to take the State recognized test to earn their State of Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency. Currently, Texas has two testing options which are administered by authorized testing centers. Click on the assessment to learn more.
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes promotes your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for work, education and everyday communication.
El Civics classes prepare adults for United States Citizenship. Learn about immigration services, how to interview and test along with your rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
Intensive College Readiness class prepares customers for college placement in reading, writing, and math. College Knowledge class familiarizes individuals with college systems, operations, and resources.
Workplace Literacy Classes take place at the work site or at a location designated by the site to provide literacy and language training for nonnative English speakers.
Integrated Education Classes offer an individual to receive education and training which includes adult education and literacy activities, workforce preparation activities and workforce training for a specific occupation.
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Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Robertson & Washington County
via Blinn College Partnership; Direct Link: https://www.blinn.edu/adult-education/class-schedule.html
Center for Regional Services (3991 East 29th Street)
HSE/GED Classes: Mondays & Wednesdays from 8:30am-11am and 1pm-4pm
HSE/GED Classes: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12pm-3pm and 5pm-8pm
Madison County – Madisonville
Madisonville Community Education Center (714 Bacon Street)
Call for Availability!!
Phone: (936) 349-8003
One-on-One MATH Help for AEL Students
Need a Copy of Your HSE Certificate?
Federal Student Aid: Adult Student Checklist
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Student Aid has a “Preparing for College” checklist, specifically for adult students. The checklist is accessible online, with links to College Navigator, to locate schools based on career goals, the U.S. Department of Labor’s scholarship database, and instructions on filling out the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA). This is an excellent one-stop resource for adult educators to share with learners as they begin the process of exploring post-secondary education options.
Libraries and Literacy
The Texas State Library has created a manual that contains lesson plans, workbooks, activity worksheets, and resources for seven digital literacy training modules including: Computer Basics, Internet Basics and Cyber Safety, Introduction to Email, Introduction to Microsoft Word, Introduction to Microsoft Excel, Job Search, and Resume Writing. It is recommended that each of these modules be taught as a stand-alone course, as each takes two to four hours to complete. The modules as well as the entire manual, can be found online in downloadable versions at TSL.Texas.Gov.
National Coalition for Literacy
The National Coalition for Literacy is dedicated to advancing adult education, family literacy, and English language acquisition in the United States. They are helping those who care about literacy make a positive difference by advocating adult education and family literacy. Visit their website, National-Coalition-Literacy.org, to learn more and take advantage of their numerous resources.