For more than 15 years, our Adult Education program has provided services that help people learn the skills they need for career and life. We share a common goal of independence, self- sufficiency and self-worth with our clients. By becoming employed and independent of social services, our students recognize their own strengths and make their own special contributions to a healthy, prosperous community.
Wilkinson Center is a member of the Dallas Adult Education and Literacy Consortium. Classes are funded through Workforce Solutions of Dallas County and are at no cost to students. In addition to the free classes, students are eligible to receive vouchers for their practice and official High School Equivalency examinations. All classes include financial literacy, career and job readiness. Students have access to a career and financial coach to assist them with goal setting and the next steps toward self-sufficiency. Enrolled and active students can access the food pantry; as well as receive referrals to community resources and other additional supports.
Current and upcoming classes are:
- High School Equivalency. Classes are offered in English and Spanish and will prepare students to take the official tests to earn a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.
- English as a Second Language. Classes from Beginning to Advanced are offered. Reading, writing, listening and speaking are taught at all levels.
- English as a Second Language for Professionals. Classes are for students who have a degree or credential in their native country and want to re-enter their profession in the United States. Classes focus on English for the workplace and students will have access to career specific distance learning courses. Classes will start September 2021.
- Integrated El Civics. Classes combine English as a Second Language, Workforce Readiness and Workforce Training. The Workforce Training tracks include Patient Care Technician, Teacher Assistant, Microsoft Office Specialist and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Upon completion, students will take nationally recognized certification tests.
- Career and Employment workshops. Workshops will prepare job seekers with skills to re-enter the job market. Workshops include topics on job search strategies; resume development, interviewing, business writing, business math, communication, Microsoft Word and financial literacy. Upon completion of the class, job seekers will take the Microsoft Office Specialist test to earn a nationally recognized credential. Job seekers will work individually with a coach on their job search. Additional services include transportation assistance and other income supports while in the program. Workshops are four days per week for four weeks. Classes will start September 2021.
Current Adult Education sites:
- Dallas College, Eastfield Pleasant Grove campus. 802 S. Buckner Blvd, Dallas, 75217
- Wilkinson Center Family Education Center, 3302 N. Buckner Blvd, Ste. 111, Dallas, 75228
- Arcadia Park Annex, 911 N. Morocco Avenue, Dallas, 75211
Classes are available in-person and virtually. Wilkinson Center staff follows COVID-19 recommendations for in-person classes, thus space is limited. Students must practice social distancing and other recommended protocols. To take classes virtually, students will need a laptop or tablet and have access to stable internet.
To begin, students must register for an orientation by clicking on this link. Orientations are offered virtually and in-person, daytime and evenings. Registration can also be done by clicking on the “Register Today” button above.
If you have questions about our Adult Education programs, please call 214-821-6380 x379.
As we grow our program and classes, we are always looking for people who want to share their time and talents to help our students. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the Volunteer page to complete the application.