The Urbana Adult Education Center has offered a full-time comprehensive education program and a part-time evening program since it was established in 1963. During the 2011-2012 school year, UAEC served 847 adult learners in its Adult Basic Education and Literacy programs, and 157 students in its Storefront Academy programs. Of this total, approximately 375 were in the 16-21 year-old age range. Of our total student population last year, 71 students earned a high school diploma, and 26 earned a GED. In addition, 112 students passed our CNA course, and 114 became employed. Over the 50 year history of serving students, UAEC has been involved in a wide variety of grant-based academic and work-skills training programs.
In addition to basic education services, the UAEC offers Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) courses, Office Skills training, and English as a Second Language classes. The majority of UAEC students between the ages of 16 and 21 are working toward either a GED or a high school diploma. Some are also working toward CNA licensure. Daytime and evening Adult Basic Education and Literacy classes are available to help students prepare for the GED test. Two programs are available to help students earn a high school diploma: APL (Adult Performance Level) classes and Storefront Academy (an alternative high school). For the CNA program, we offer four 8-week classes per year.
Students in Urbana Adult Education programs have access to the following: day and evening classes that help them work toward completion of a GED or a high school diploma; daytime-only classes for CNA students; a counselor to assist with career and personal goals development, as well as with academic and personal concerns; a Job Skills Coordinator to reinforce career goals and to assist with developing the skills and plans to accomplish those goals; and a Life Skills Coach to assist with developing positive social, communication, and conflict resolution skills.