What is Adult Education and Literacy (AEL)?

The Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program provides literacy services to help the public acquire the skills needed to succeed in the workforce, earn a high school equivalency diploma (GED), or enter college or career training.  The goal of the program is to equip individuals so they can secure self-sufficient employment.  The AEL Program is included in the services provided by the Workforce Solutions Center.  AEL classes are designed for out-of-school individuals who are 17 years of age or older who are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law.  English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are included in the AEL class offerings.  AEL classes are self-paced with locations available in multiple counties of the Brazos Valley region. Interested students may participate by enrolling at any time.  Distance Learning opportunities may also be an option for attending class.  For more information about available classes and/or enrollment, call the Center for Regional Services at 979-595-2801 or 800-386-7200. Below are locations of current classes.

Click here for the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Enrollment & Eligibility Form

Click here to view the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Student Handbook

Local Class Schedules

Below is a list of available classes in the 7 County Brazos Valley Region

Fall 2017 GED Classes – 7 County Region

Fall 2017 ESL Classes – 7 County Region

Fall 2017 ICR Classes – 7 County Region


One-on-One MATH Help for AEL Students

Distance Learning Math Call Center Flyer – English

Distance Learning Math Call Center Flyer – Spanish


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.

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