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Adult Education celebrates Family Literacy Week

September 17, 2018

Heartland Community College will be shining the spotlight on programs designed for students striving to enter and succeed in college-level courses or the workforce.

The Adult Education program at Heartland offers instruction including basic literacy and numeracy, English as a Second Language, high school equivalency, and college and career readiness to roughly 600 students annually. 

Heartland’s Adult Education courses include High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL), and the Academic English language Program (AELP). Most Adult Education programs are offered free of charge with funding through federal and state grants.

Congress has recognized September 23-29, 2018 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. During the week, Heartland is sharing the stories of students and staff who have found success in the Adult Ed programs.

Originally from Toyama, Japan, Kazumi Hartry moved to Bloomington-Normal around 15 years ago. Even though she held a master’s degree, she Academic English Language program (AELP) to build up her English academic writing skills. Hartry now teaches English as a Second Language classes at Heartland.

“Without the AELP classes, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve my goals. The program prepares you for all the skills you need to get a job or take college classes,” said Hartry. “As time went by, I decided to apply for an ESL tutoring position first. This is how I started out working at HCC Adult Ed program. I enjoy working with students from all over the world. I sometimes share my learning experiences in the U.S., and they do the same. We inspire each other to practice English, and it helps create a great learning environment.”

On Friday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. the Adult Education program will hold an Open House in Student Commons Building (SCB) 1000. During the open house the public is invited to meet Adult Ed students, taste snacks from different countries, get a henna tattoo and learn more about the GED test.

For more information about the Adult Education program visit us at

Written by: Steve Fast