ABOUT URBANA ADULT EDUCATION

The Urbana Adult Education Center has provided educational and career services to residents of Champaign County and surrounding communities in East Central Illinois for over 50 years.  Our program is primarily grant funded and has partnered with the Urbana School District #116 since 1963; providing lifelong learning opportunities to persons 16 years of age and over, serving approximately 1,000 students each year.  Our programs consist of the following: GED, High School Diploma, English Language Acquisition, Certified Nursing Assistant, Continuing Education and Career Development. We help our students to become more competitive in the workforce which allows them to transition into meaningful employment with a living wage.

Any 16 or 17 year old student who is not an Urbana resident must bring a referral letter from their home high school and a copy of their transcript. We are proud of the unique educational and career opportunities our programs deliver and strive to meet the individual needs of each and every student, at their own pace. You may begin at any time and continue until you have reached your educational goals. We invite you to read through the pages of the website to learn more about our programs and courses offered. Classes are funded through federal and state grants, with help from local sources such as The United Way of Champaign County.

Daytime and evening classes are available Fall and Spring semesters. The John M. Garth Adult Education Center is located in downtown Urbana within two blocks of the Courthouse MTD Bus Stop. Call 384-3530 for an appointment to register. Feel free to contact us with any questions at (217) 384-3530 or by email at uae@usd116.org.

Mission and Goals

Mission: UAE shares the mission of Urbana School District 116: “The mission of Urbana School District 116, a multicultural community committed to educational excellence, is to ensure that all learners acquire knowledge, develop skills, and build character to achieve personal greatness and help create a better global society, by providing innovative, comprehensive programs, respecting individual learning styles and cultural differences, and fostering caring and nurturing relationships, while engaging each student, every family and the entire community.”

Goals: The UAEC aims to provide students with the opportunity to succeed through immersion in problem-based curricula and performance-based teaching and learning that prepares students to be lifelong learners.

Responsibility: At Urbana Adult Education Center, students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community leaders are responsible for creating and ensuring an environment in which learning is modeled and valued, people share responsibility and credit for their work, and every person is a learner and a teacher

Respect: At Urbana Adult Education Center, self-respect is built upon achievement and integrity. Each individual here has special gifts and talents, and we must recognize and appreciate our differences.

Integrity: At Urbana Adult Education Center, ethical behavior underlies each individual’s endeavors. Each person must be aware of his/her own attitudes, biases, strengths, and weaknesses and work to be honest and responsible for his or her own actions.

Service: Here at Urbana Adult Education Center, all must accept the challenge to share their gifts with others for the betterment of the world in which they live and work to be a morally and civically responsible member of society with a sense of belonging to a larger community.

Kindness: At Urbana Adult Education Center, people must learn how to collaborate with others and be able to enter into meaningful and deep relationships with others by being empathetic and able to show care for others’ well-being.