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CTE - Adult Education and Literacy (AEL)

What is the CTE Adult Education and Literacy Program?

The CTE Adult Education and Literacy Program offers courses designed for native and non-native speakers who want to improve their language skills and/or gain the core skills they need to obtain a High School Equivalency certificate by successfully passing the GED® test.  The program also provides pathways for adults interested in workforce education and training certificates in Allied Health and Trade Careers.   Courses are offered at several locations at the Lone Star College (LSC) system and are grant-funded, so eligible students take courses at NO COST!

Courses offered include:  

  • Basic English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • ESL for Professionals
  • High School Equivalency (GED® Test Preparation)
  • Fast-Track Workforce Education and Training Certificates
Prepare for High School Equivalency (HSE) Learn English Train for a Career
 

Don’t miss your chance to participate in our next GED Graduation in May!  Improve your math and language arts skills to pass the HSE exam and get a jumpstart to your career with LSC!

HSE more info

Struggling with everyday English?  Prepare for college or learn new job skills in our English for Speakers of Other Languages program!

Work on your HSE test or improve your English language proficiency AND earn a non-credit, fast-track Workforce Education and Training Certificate with our career pathways grant! Students with diplomas are also welcome.
AREAS OF STUDY
  • Math and Language Arts
  • Science and Social Studies through Distance Learning (AZTEC)
  • Basic English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • ESL for Professionals
  • Workplace Literacy
  • Civics and Citizenship 

Students on Track to Achieving Results (S.T.A.R) Academies

  • Allied Health Careers
  • Trade Careers
ELIGIBILITY
  • Valid government-issued Photo ID
  • 19 years or older (Participants ages 16-18 may participate with appropriate age-related documentation)
  • 3-hour Orientation
  • Pre-test in TABE 
  • Valid government-issued Photo ID
  • 19 years or older
  • 3-hour Orientation
  • Pre-test in Best Plus 2.0 and Best Plus Literacy
  • Valid government-issued Photo ID
  • 19 years or older
  • 3-hour Orientation
  • Pre-test
  • Social Security Card or Work Permit
  • Men 18-25 must prove Selective Service registration 
CLASS OPTIONS
  • Nine (9) weeks
  • Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday
  • 9:00AM to 12:00PM OR 6:00PM to 9:00PM
  • Class levels vary and are based on TABE pre-test scores. 
  • Twelve (12) weeks
  • Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday
  • 9:00AM to 12:00PM OR 6:00PM to 9:00PM
  • Class levels vary and are based on Best Plus pre-test scores   
  • Programs are offered several times throughout the program year and can be completed in less than six months
  • Pathways include Lone Star College's State and/or Nationally Accredited certificates
COST NO CHARGE!  Classes are grant-funded.  Attendance is required. NO CHARGE!  Classes are grant-funded.  Attendance is required. Classes are grant-funded. Financial assistance is provided for required textbooks and supplies.  Some out-of-pocket expenses may apply.  Attendance to the Workforce Program and Contextualized Math and Reading class on Saturdays at LSC – Montgomery required. 
CLASS LOCATIONS Locations vary between LSC campuses and off-site partnerships within the Harris,
Montgomery and Walker county service areas.

How Do I Enroll in a Class?

Before you can enroll in a grant-funded adult education and literacy class, you will need to attend an Orientation session.  Orientation includes important information regarding program requirements and testing for class placement.  Orientation and testing is required for all students interested in the CTE AEL program.

Schedule Appointment

Where are Adult Education Classes Offered?

The CTE Adult Education and Literacy Program offers courses at many of the LSC Campuses and other off-site locations.  Courses are offered based on student-need and meet at a minimum of two or three times per week over an eight or nine week period.  Typical class times are 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM or 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM or may dependent on the course location. Service areas include Harris, Montgomery and Walker counties.

Upcoming CTE AEL Orientation Sessions

Schedule Appointment

Orientations are first come, first served and provide students with an overview of the program’s requirements. Students must register in-person at any Career and Technical Education (CTE) Office at Lone Star College.  Our Main Office is at Lone Star College Greenspoint Center located at 250 North Sam Houston Parkway East, Houston, TX 77060 in Suite 112.

To register for an Orientation, students must meet all eligibility requirements and must present a valid, photo ID at the time of registration. 

Please bring your government-issued Photo ID and Social Security Card (if applicable) to orientation.  A social security card is not required.  Children are not allowed to attend orientation, testing or class sessions.

NOTE: Orientation dates are subject to change.  Limited seating is available and pre-registration is required.  Do you have a question?  Call us at (281) 260-3576 or email us at gcadulted@lonestar.edu.

Eligibility & Requirements

Eligible participants must be able to

  • Attend a 3-hr Orientation
  • Complete baseline assessment
  • Provide a valid, government-issued photo ID
  • Provide documentation for TANF Assistance* 
  • Must be at least 19 years old.  Minors (16-18) may participate  with appropriate age-related documentation.  Contact us for details.  

How to Register for an Upcoming CTE AEL Course

Eligibility must be determined prior to registration.  After eligibility is determined, AEL Workforce Advisors will help students determine the best fit course for them depending on test results, goals, etc.

 Pre- and Post-Test Requirements

TABE

Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) will assess students interested in High School Equivalency and workforce programs.  It is aligned to the national College and Career Readiness Standards for the three core subject areas: Reading, Mathematics, and Language.  It is not a pass/fail assessment.

Students will pre-test prior to enrollment in a class and will post-test after 40 contact hours.     

            Tips for Taking TABE

Best Plus 2.0 and Best Plus Literacy

Best Plus 2.0 is an oral interview test to assess the English language proficiency of our English Language Learners.  It is a listening and speaking test.  Students with higher level English skills will also be tested using Best Plus Literacy, an assessment of reading and writing skills.

Students will pre-test prior to enrollment in a class and will post-test after 60 contact hours. 

Age-Related Documentation for the High School Equivalency (HSE) Program  

  • 16-year old:

    • Student can ONLY be served if the Adult Education and Literacy Program has received a valid court order with a docket/case number. No withdrawal or transcripts are needed.
    • Valid Texas ID, Texas Driver’s License or Government-Issued Parent/Legal Guardian and Student ID required.
    • Parental Consent and Waiver Form for Minor Students  
  • 17-year old:

    • Students can only be served if the Adult Education and Literacy Program has received the parental permission AND withdrawal from school paperwork OR court order with docket/case number.
    • Valid Texas ID, Texas Driver’s License or Government-Issued Parent/Legal Guardian and Student ID required.
    • Parental Consent and Waiver Form for Minor Students  
  • 18-year old:

    • Students can only be served if the Adult Education and Literacy Program has received parental permission AND withdrawal from school   
    • Valid Texas ID, Texas Driver’s License or Government-Issued Parent/Legal Guardian and Student ID required.  If student has self-consented, Parent/Legal Guardian ID is not required.   
    • Parental Consent and Waiver Form for Minor Students  

 

Students on Track to Achieving Results (S.T.A.R) Academy

Students must meet all eligibility requirements for the Career Pathways grant and for the individual Workforce Education and Training certificate.  For more details, visit Workforce Degrees and Certificates

S.T.A.R Allied Health Academy focuses on fast-track options in the health industry.   

  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Dental Assistant
  • EKG Technician
  • Phlebotomy

S.T.A.R Trade Academy prepares you for high-skill, high-demand careers in oil and gas, manufacturing and technical services careers.  

  • Floor-hand Roustabout (Oil and Gas Industry)   
  • NCCER HVAC
  • NCCER Pipefitting
  • Pre-Mechatronics
  • NCCER Welding

 

Adult Education and Literacy Student Handbook

Basic English as a Second Language

The ESL program provides free basic courses for adult students whose first language is not English. Classes are available for beginning students with limited reading and writing ability, as well as more advanced students. Orientation and assessment for appropriate class placement are required.

Civics and Citizenship

The EL Civics program incorporates English literacy and Civics education services for immigrants and other limited-English-speaking populations. Orientation and assessment for appropriate class placement are required.  Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to complete the citizenship exam.

Workforce Education and Training

The Workforce Education and Training Program is a career pathway, fast-track program, for students to improve their basic skills and knowledge in workforce training, technology, student success  and transitions to careers and employment.  Pathways include Lone Star College's State  and/or Nationally Accredited, Fast-Track certificate programs in allied health and trade careers. Orientation and assessment for appropriate class placement are required.   

High School Equivalency (GED®) Preparation

The GED® Prep program offers adults without a high school diploma an opportunity to complete their high school education. The classes improve basic education skills to prepare students for the official GED® test. Students can learn about different career pathways available to them as they prepare for the GED® test and workforce skills. Orientation and assessment for appropriate class placement are required.

Allied Health Careers S.T.A.R Academy

This Students on Track to Achieving Results (S.T.A.R) academy includes workforce training and education programs in the allied health professions.

Programs include:

  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Dental Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • EKG Technician
  • Phlebotomy

Many of these programs are run several times throughout the program year and can be completed in less than six months.  Students are required to attend a contextualized Math and Reading support course offered by AEL on Saturdays at LSC-Montgomery. Orientation and testing is required to determine program eligibility.    

Trade Careers S.T.A.R Academy

This S.T.A.R academy includes workforce training and education programs to certify you as a trades professional. 

Programs include:

  • Floor-hand Roustabout (Oil and Gas Industry)    
  • NCCER HVAC
  • NCCER Pipefitting
  • Pre-Mechatronics
  • NCCER Welding

Workforce training certificate courses are usually offered Monday through Thursday in the morning and/or evenings and can be completed in less than six months.  Students are required to attend a contextualized Math and Reading support course offered by AEL on Saturdays at LSC-Montgomery. Orientation and testing is required to determine program eligibility.   

Interested in one of our academy models?  Please fill out this quick survey and an Advisor will be in contact with you soon!  

Eligibility Requirements

Student Feedback

AEL Staff want to make sure that we are providing excellent customer service to all current or prospective students. If you have any concerns or issues that have not been successfully addressed by the CTE Adult Education and Literacy team, please contact the Program Director directly by email at gcadulted@lonestar.edu or by phone at (281) 260-3531. An online feedback form will be added soon!

Workforce Solutions is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. (Please request reasonable accommodations a minimum of two business days in advance.) Relay Texas Numbers: 1.800.735.2989 (TDD) 1.800.735.2988 (voice) or 711

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