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CE - Adult Education and Literacy (AEL)

What is the CE Adult Education and Literacy Program?

The CE 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 Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (“TxCHSE”). The program also provides pathways for adults interested in workforce education and training certificates in Allied Health, Business and Trade Careers. Courses are offered at several locations at the Lone Star College System and are grant-funded, so eligible students take courses at NO COST!

Stuck at home and want to make progress towards your goals?  Let us help!  Our Adult Education and Literacy Program is now offering VIRTUAL orientation, testing and Adult Education classes to all eligible students!  Contact us today! 

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
Certificate of High School Equivalency (GED® Test Preparation) 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 Certificate of High School Equivalency exam and get a jumpstart to your career with LSC! Click here to have someone from our staff call you!

TxCHSE more info

Struggling with everyday English?  Prepare for college or learn new job skills in our English for Speakers of Other Languages program! Click here to have someone from our staff call you!

Work on GED® test preparation or improve your English language proficiency
AND earn a non-credit, fast-track Workforce Education and Training Certificate with our career
pathways grant! Workforce Education and Training classes are offered through Lone Star’s Continuing Education department.  Students with diplomas are also welcome. Click here to have someone from our staff call you!

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 including Certified Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy and Electrocardiography Technician.
  • Business and Leadership Careers including Accounting Assistant/Bookkeeping.  Both English and Bilingual programs are supported.
  • Trade Careers including NCCER Welding, NCCER Pipefitting, NCCER HVAC and Construction Helper, Basic.
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
  • Face-to-face, hybrid or virtual classes.
  • 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. 
  • Face-to-face, hybrid or virtual classes.
  • 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   
  • Face-to-face, hybrid or virtual classes.
  • 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 is required. 
CLASS LOCATIONS Locations vary between LSC campuses and off-site partnerships within the Harris,
Montgomery and Walker county service areas.

Upcoming CE AEL Orientation Sessions

Orientations are first come, first served and provide students with an overview of the program’s requirements. 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.

We are now offering both virtual and in-person Orientation and Testing options!  To get started, choose the format in which you would like to complete your Orientation and Test – In Person or Virtual – and click the program link below.  Monitor the email address you provided and follow the next steps included in the email sent to you from LSC-Adult Education. If you do not receive an immediate response, please check your spam email inbox. If you have any questions, please call us at 281-260-3576 or 936-273-7518 or email us at gcadulted@lonestar.edu.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Schedule In-Person Orientation
Schedule a Virtual Orientation – ESOL Inquiry Form

High School Equivalency (GED Preparation)
Schedule In Person Orientation
Schedule a Virtual Orientation – HSE/GED Prep Inquiry Form

Grant-Funded Workforce Programs
In-Person Orientations – Coming Soon!
Schedule a Virtual Orientation – Grant Funded CE Workforce Program Inquiry Form

Pre-Algebra (MATH 0306)
In-Person Orientations – Coming Soon!
Schedule a Virtual Orientation – Pre Algebra Inquiry Form

Adult Education and Literacy Student Handbook

Download the CE Adult Education and Literacy Handbook

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. Virtual and in-person TABE testing is available at most Lone Star College Testing Centers with a TABE Referral Form.  AEL Advising Staff will send TABE Referral forms directly to the Testing Center after Orientation and grant-related paperwork is complete and eligibility is determined.  A TABE Referral Form is required to complete TABE pre- and post-testing.

            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. Best Plus 2.0 Testing is administered one-on-one during Orientation appointments with trained AEL Advising and Testing staff.  Pre- and Post- Best Plus 2.0 Testing is completed virtually in a WebEx Meeting. In-person testing has been postponed as a result of COVID-19. 

Other Program Information

Download the CE AEL Course Syllabus
Download the Equal Opportunity Posters

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  

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 CE Adult Education and Literacy team, please contact the Program Director directly by email at gcadulted@lonestar.edu or by phone at (281) 260-3576. An online feedback form will be added soon!”

Equal Opportunity

Adult education and literacy services are provided with support from the Gulf Coast Workforce Board to help individuals find a job, keep a job, or get a better job. Lone Star College supports, and the Board is committed to, providing a learning and working environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect free of discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and gender expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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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