Adult Education and Literacy

Adult Education and Literacy is important to us here in Tarrant County. We believe it’s never too late to get an education and it is our mission to help you succeed. Whether you need a refresher in math/reading/writing, need to get your High School Equivalency, or just need to improve your English skills, we can help. But we don’t stop there, AEL also offers career training courses that help our students get industry recognized certifications and credentials while working on their HSE or English skills. Currently, we are offering both in-person and virtual classes to best meet your needs. Our goal with all of our students is to meet them where they are at and help them gain employment in a career pathway as quickly as possible. Find out how to get started today by giving us a call at 817-402-7555.

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Northside Community Center Classes start January 2024

New AEL Class Location!

We are happy to share in 2024 we will host AEL classes at the Northside Community Center, located at: 1100 NW 18th St, Fort Worth, TX 76164.

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Adult Education & Literacy Introduction Video

Curious what our Adult Education & Literacy Program can offer? Check out this quick video and learn more about our program, where our goal is to help you gain employment in a career pathway as quickly as possible. If you have questions, there are a few ways to connect with us: feel free to call us at 817-402-7555, send us an email at or message us on our web chat and a live representative will be happy to assist you!

We are so proud

Annual Tarrant County Consortium High School Equivalency Graduation

Hard work deserves recognition. That’s why we began the Annual Tarrant County Consortium High School Equivalency Graduation. This event is for all of our students who have obtained their HSE/GED. Every year this event inspires us and we love seeing how proud our students and their families are of this amazing accomplishment. Here are some photos from our last graduation, we hope they inspire you as much as they inspire us!

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Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) COVID-19 Resource

Texas Center For The Advancement of Literacy & Learning (TCALL) COVID-19 and Distance Education Updates

This page has lots of resources and also houses the Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) FAQ and information.
It has updates and resources for both AEL Providers and AEL Students. #AELstrong

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Classes We Offer

Through our education partners we offer a selection of free classes available to all individuals 17 or older. Whether you need a refresher in math/reading/writing, need to get your High School Equivalency (HSE), or need to improve your English skills, we have a class for you. Virtual and remote learning options are available! Registration is required to attend classes. To get registered or to get more information give us a call today at 817-402-7555.

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Transitions / Career Training

These classes are for high level students that may or may not have their high school diploma yet.  Students will develop workplace and college readiness skills and receive hands on career training in their chosen field while earning an in-demand credential. Remote learning options are available!

Adult Education & Literacy offers career training services free of charge to students. We have several providers across Tarrant County that provide career training in high demand occupations such as Certified Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy, EKG, Accounting Tech., Commercial Drivers License (CDL), and more.

Our career training programs include three main components that students must participate in to qualify for free career training:

  1. Career Training – training that will lead to an industry recognized credential
  2. Workforce Preparation Activities – dedicated time to enhance your job skills (sometimes called soft skills)
  3. AEL Support Class – class to review the most challenging topics from your career training and to continue to improve your English skills or study for your HSE exam (GED or HiSET)

What makes our training unique is that you will work on these three components at the same time. You do not need to wait until you have mastered English or completed your HSE to start training for a job. You can earn your HSE at the same time as you complete your career training. You will be qualified for a job in a career path you love in a shorter amount of time. Remote learning options are available!

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Benefits AEL classes include:

  • No High School diploma required
  • Day or night classes
  • Convenient locations on bus lines
  • Access to real world Industry Experts
  • Opportunities to connect with employers
  • Additional training opportunities
  • Connection to other supportive services as needed
  • All at no cost to you!
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Adult Vocational Academy

The Adult Vocational Academy is a combination of literacy training, vocational training and connection to local employers that allows you to achieve an industry valued credential and introduces you to employers hiring for that credential. Through a partnership with Tarrant County College, this is offered at no cost to you, if eligible. For more information, head over to our Career Training page. Remote learning options are available!

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AEL Class Locations

Remember, you must register for classes before attending. To find out about class availability, schedules,  or to get registered, give us a call today at 817-402-7555, Remote learning options are available! Below is a list of all current class locations. For each location, you will find the types of classes offered at that location listed in blue (ABE, ASE, or ESL).

Need to get directions to one of the locations? Enter your address in the search field and hit submit, then select the location of your choice. Click “Get Directions” to get directions to that location from the address you entered. We will see you soon!

      Tarrant County Adult Education and Literacy Consortium

      The Tarrant County Adult Education and Literacy Consortium (TCAELC) aims to provide educational and career enhancement training opportunities for adults in Tarrant County that may be struggling due to limited education.

      The consortium is a collaboration between:

      • Arlington ISD, Birdville ISD, Fort Worth ISD
      • Arlington Public Library
      • Goodwill North Central Texas
      • Tarrant County College District
      • Tarrant Literacy Coalition
      • Texas Workforce Commission
      • Texas Workforce Solutions – Vocational Rehabilitative Services
      • The Learning Center of North Texas – LinkEd
      • The Women’s Center of Tarrant County
      • Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
      • and various Tarrant County Civic, Religious, and Community partners

      Our Partners