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Welcome to Noncredit Department

image of ELAC student represent for Noncredit Department The mission of the Noncredit Department is to provide adults with skills that are critical to their ability to succeed in college and on the job. All the courses and services are free.

Our courses help students learn to:

  • speak, read, and write in English;
  • prepare for the GED test and credit courses in math and English,
  • obtain American citizenship, and
  • succeed in the work environment.

ESL Classes

The ESL Program consists of four core ESL Levels from low beginning through high intermediate, as well as elective offerings in conversation, writing and workplace preparation. By helping students to improve their English skills, the program allows learners to function better in their daily lives as well as prepare them for credit courses at the college.

images of Noncredit English as a second language course sequence: from level I to level IV

Academic Preparation/GED

Academic Preparation courses are designed for students who wish to improve reading, writing, math, and study skills before enrolling in college-level credit courses. These classes also meet the requirements for the GED preparation.

Citizenship

The Citizenship course is designed to prepare students to take the U. S. Citizenship examination. Instruction is provided in government organization, current events, test-taking strategies, and appropriate English writing and speaking skills. Citizenship forms, documents and regulations are explained, as is the process for taking the examination.

Vocational Education

These short-term classes provide students with necessary tools and skills to apply for and succeed in the workplace.