Literacy, both language and technology, is a critical need in the Belmont Cragin community. A survey from Wright College noted that in the Belmont Cragin community, 43.2% speak English, less than very well and over one-third have less than a high school diploma. And, according to our surveys, approximately 80% of our adult students had never before touched a computer until having access to our training. Onward House is proud to offer adult education programs that meet the growing needs of the community.

Onward House offers:

  • ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes
  • GED Classes
  • Citizenship Classes & Immigration Workshops
  • ESL Study Group

ESL Class
In collaboration with Wilbur Wright Community College and Northwest Community Church, Onward House offers computerized levels 3 and 4 English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults in the evenings. Wright College provides the instruction while Onward House and Northwest Community Church recruit and enroll participants.

After assessed by Wright, participants are placed in one of four levels; Levels 1 and 2 are at Northwest Community Church and levels 3 and 4 are at Onward House.

Once students complete their ESL classes, they can continue their studies, pursue a degree, retrain for a new profession, or just navigate through their daily lives with greater ease. People can speak to their doctors, salesclerks or children’s teachers with greater confidence.

ESL Study Group

Onward House offers participants the opportunity to practice their English skills when a volunteer is available. Please inquire with Mauricio to see if we have a scheduled group session.

GED Class

Passing the GED test gives those who do not complete high school, or who do not meet requirements for high school diploma, the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency credential, also called a high school equivalency diploma or general equivalency diploma. This class is offered in collaboration with Wilbur Wright Community College.

Job Readiness Training
Onward House provides one-on-one assistance to help job seekers write résumés and cover letters, online work search best practices, and interview preparation.

Citizenship Classes & Immigration Workshops
Onward House meets the need of immigrants with Latino-led, family-based immigration and citizenship services. Families served by Onward House have identified that immigration legal services are difficult for them to access, either being too costly or too far away. Also, the high incidence of fraud and misinformation, many times resulting in more legal problems, makes individualized service delivery most beneficial for our families.

Onward House hosts informational workshops to offer legal guidance related to immigration. Workshops were designed for immigrant families to receive more information on topics such as: immigration processes, how and where to find immigration forms and how to track applications, among other topics.

To register for our Adult Education classes, or for more information on other services for adults, please contact Adult Education Coordinator at 773-622-3215.