Adult Education and Learning

3501 N. US Hwy 37, San Angelo, TX 76905, Room 117 in the Academic Building

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

(325) 481-8323

AEL Schedule

2018-2019 AEL Instructor Schedule - Howard College San Angelo Campus

Off-Site Schedule

2018-2019 AEL Course Schedule - San Angelo Off-Site/Rural Campuses

About us

The team in Adult Education & Literacy strives to open doors to possibilities so you can achieve your educational and occupational dreams. We offer courses for high school equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), College Exam Prep, as well as a variety of certified training courses that will provide you better employment and pay. Specialized advisers help you develop and navigate a unique learning plan for success. The best part is that all of these services are free to you. Let us help you learn to earn for life!

Getting Started

Get started in 3 easy steps.

Step 1

Look at all of our course offerings and see what fits your needs.

Step 2

Call 325-481-8323 for more information and to register for orientation.

Step 3

Attend orientation.

Courses

The HSE classes focus on the skills needed to pass the GED® exam, which is made up of four tests: Math, Reading & Language, Social Studies, and Science. The classes are divided in a way to allow students to focus on the subjects they need to complete the GED® tests, and they are studying alongside their peers who are working at the same skill level. Instructors are highly qualified and trained in the subject area they teach. Each HSE class uses Plato, a personalized online learning system, to enhance classroom studies that are unique to each student. Morning and afternoon HSE courses are 8 weeks long. The night HSE course is 16 weeks long.

ESL classes provide students the opportunity to strengthen their English literacy. Classes are instructor-led with supplemental online curriculum through Burlington English, which is uniquely designed for each student based on skill levels in the four core components. These skills are taught in conjunction with life skills and financial literacy to help the student function fully in the community. All ESL courses contain a component of American History and U.S. Government for individuals who want to prepare for American Citizenship. Course Objectives: Become proficient in the four core components of ESL in effective communication – reading, writing, speaking, and listening – based on NRS-approved assessments. Help students prepare for American Citizenship. Help students transition to improved employment opportunities, training programs or higher education.

Becoming a citizen in your new country is a great step. As a citizen, you can vote in national elections and contribute to your community. Research also shows individuals who naturalize, or become citizens, often make more money and have better job and educational opportunities.  Civics relates to civic knowledge and Citizenship is dispositional (attitudes, values, dispositions and skills). This Civics & Citizenship class is a specialized course that typically runs once a year and when there is a need for it. This class will help prepare you for the US citizenship test by focusing on US History and Government as well as Integrated Civics. Components of the Citizenship test, such as the 100 questions, will be studied and practiced. You will also receive explanations on filling out the citizenship paperwork and resources for any translation services needed.

AEL and the Howard College Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) program partnered to create an Integrated Education and Training (IET) model that offers extra educational support services to help students successfully complete the program. As an IET model, students will receive their training skills by their academic CMA instructor, but they will also have the benefit of a second instructor who will teach a variety of literacy skills that are contextualized with the CMA curriculum. This component of the course program allows students the time they need to focus on specific course content that students need help with to succeed in their training.

This course is only offered in the fall of each year and exists due to the partnership between AEL and H&R Block. This course is taught by a Certified Agent who helps students learn about tax preparation and tax law. Students who successfully complete the 10-week course will possess the skills to prepare taxes and will be hired by H&R Block for that spring’s busy tax season. This course is run by and paid for by the Howard College AEL program.

ESL classes provide students the opportunity to listen to the English language and to improve their speaking, listening, reading & writing skills, with a component of basic math and financial literacy. These skills are taught in conjunction with life skills and civic information to help the student fully function in the community. All ESL courses contain a component of American History and U.S. Government for individuals who want to prepare for American Citizenship. Basic math and financial skills is a new component added to the ESL course to help students understand monetary valuation and transaction. This course is part of an Integrated Education & Training (IET) course to help students earn a certification toward a trade that will help them qualify for sustainable wages. Students will work alongside Career Navigators who will help them transition between programs.

The TSI is a standardized test that is required for college placement. This course runs as needed* in the afternoons and evenings. TSI Prep is a 7-week course that meets twice a week and has an online component. This course is designed to help students raise their TSI scores for college placement**. A student does not need to raise scores in all TSI subjects. TSI Prep is a course for students who need to raise all of their TSI scores or even just one of the subject area’s scores. 

*This course will be scheduled as needed per the demand of students.

**Students must have taken the TSI tests at least one time and must be in need of raising scores for college placement. Copies of the official TSI tests must be brought to Orientation.

TEAS is a standardized test that is required at Howard College to apply for a nursing program. This course runs as needed* in the afternoons and evenings. TEAS Prep is a 7-week course that meets twice a week and has an online component. This course is designed to help students raise their TEAS scores for their nursing applications**. A student does not need to raise scores in all TEAS subjects. TEAS Prep is a course for students who need to raise all of their TEAS scores or even just one of the subject area’s scores. 

*This course will be scheduled as needed per the demand of students and for when a TEAS Test is offerd at the Howard College Testing Center.

**Students must have taken the TSI tests at least one time and must be in need of raising scores for college placement. Copies of the official TSI tests must be brought to Orientation.

Academies

Academies align instructional services to match students’ areas of interest with specific programs of study.  This alignment helps students meet their career, higher education, and personal goals faster. 

Allied Health

  • CMA
  • CNA
  • Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
  • Certified Health Unit Coordinator
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

Business & Technology

  • Certified Administrative Professional
  • Certified Credit Counselor
  • Certified Quality Auditor
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • CompTIA Support

Industry Trades

  • HVAC/R
  • Residential Electrician

Frequently asked questions

Our courses are designed in block schedules, but the amount of time needed to advance through the entire program is based on each individual’s skill-level, goals, and program commitment.

The AEL courses are free! If you enroll in a training or college course, we will help you find funding to pay as much of the tuition as possible.

You need to be at least 19 years old. If you are 17-18 years old, you need to call 325-481-8300 Ext. 3257 for enrollment information. You need a government photo ID and a social security card.

Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) is a grant-funded program through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) that helps adult learners earn high school equivalencies, learn English as a second language, prepare for college entrance, and obtain training certificates. AEL’s objective is to help individuals improve their skills for better occupational opportunities.

Yes! All courses teach skills that will help you in college courses. We also have specialized advisers who will help you make the transition to college registration.

No college credit is given for AEL courses. We do provide a variety of courses that help support students with college and/or certificate courses they are enrolled in.

Yes. Call 325-481-8323 for more information and to register for orientation. ​

Enrollment information is collected, including a copy of government photo ID. An assessment is taken, which helps determine course selection. An interview with a specialized adviser will occur to help establish personal goals and objectives.

Class assignment is based on student needs and objectives.

Yes. We offer TSI Prep courses that are designed to help you improve your TSI score.

Yes. We offer TEAS Prep courses that are designed to help you improve your TEAS score.

We offer many classes. Please see the courses listed for course selection and information.

Yes. Our program is not required in order to take the GED® tests, but we strongly encourage you to take our courses before spending money on tests.

We offer face-to-face courses that are free of charge with caring instructors and staff who will help motivate you to reach your goals. You also receive a spot in our online learning software that allows you to study anytime, anywhere. You also have access to free tutoring via telephone any time of day or night.

No. Our grant funds cannot be used to pay for your tests. We do give you vouchers that you can use to take official GED® practice tests, which will help you determine if you are ready to pay for an actual exam.

We have classes set up and designed to help students reach their unique goals and objectives in the shortest amount of time possible. Each course focuses on specific subjects.

We do offer similar classes at various times as we know everyone works different shifts and has different home responsibility. We strive to place you in a class that works best for your schedule.

Yes. There is an attendance policy for successful course completion.

Contacts

Donna Massey

AEL Enrollment Coordinator

Adult Education & Literacy Academic Building – Room SAA116 Howard College San Angelo, TX 76905

(325) 481-8300 ext: 3256

Stacy Erwin

Dean of Adult & Continuing Education

(325) 481-8300 ext: 3252

Cheryl Smith

AEL Director of Outreach & Training

Adult Education & Literacy Academic Building – Room SAA109 Howard College San Angelo, TX 76905

(325) 481-8300 ext: 3257

Elizabeth Kent

Orientation Specialist

Adult Education & Literacy Academic Building – Howard College San Angelo, TX 76905

(325) 481-8323

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