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 600 students each year.  Our center consists of the following programs: High School Diploma, English as Second Language, and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). We help our students become more competitive in the workforce which allows them to transition into meaningful employment with a living wage.

Any 17-year-old student must complete the UAEC referral form and submit a copy of their transcript along with the withdrawal from their previous school. Students 16 years old must reside in Urbana and provide proof of residency before enrollment. 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.  Students working on their high school diploma may begin at any time and continue until they have reached their educational goals. All of our programs 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 Adult Education Center is located at 1106 S. Vine St. Urbana, across the street from the Urbana Middle School, MTD Bus Stop.  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.

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