For more than 10 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.
Clients can obtain a GED, learn English, computer skills, financial management, or participate in career development and job readiness classes offered at multiple satellite sites and the Family Education Center (FEC) that opened in February 2013.
Classes are offered at no cost to students, and are taught separately in English and Spanish at various locations across Dallas, Texas.
Current classes include:
- Pre-General Educational Development (Pre-GED)
- General Educational Development (GED) Study
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Study
- Career Workshops
- Financial Literacy
- Family Literacy
The Family Literacy Program is part of Wilkinson Center’s Adult Education Services and includes English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, GED classes in Spanish and English, and Family Literacy classes that include parent training and Parent And Child Together (PACT) Time. Children develop social and cognitive skills that prepare them for elementary school.
All clients are eligible for case management from social workers dedicated to assisting our students. Clients are provided with referrals and community resources information, individualized assistance, assessment, and support to help overcome barriers that prevent them from continuing their education. This one-on-one assistance builds relationships and trust, encouraging and supporting each student’s efforts toward self-sufficiency.
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’re interested in volunteering please visit the Volunteer page to complete the application.
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Adult Education Sites
Wilkinson Center currently provides adult education and literacy instruction at the following sites:
- Family Education Center
- Eastfield College Pleasant Grove
- Uptown Towers
- Hampton Illinois Library
- Pleasant Grove Library
- Polk Wisdom Library
- Desoto Public Library
- Northwood Country Club
- Sheraton Hotel
- Towne Market WFC
- Mesquite WFC
- Arcadia Park Annex
Starting July, Wilkinson Center will expand to the follow locations:
- Towne Market Workforce Center
- Mesquite Workforce Center
- Arcadia Park Annex – Partnership with Dallas County Workforce Board to include DCCCD and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. Classes are to include High School Equivalency Preparation, English Language Acquisition, El Civics, Transitions and Career Pathways. Workforce services will be provided to students that are seeking employment.
The expansion of classes will allow us to serve an additional 745 students with a total projections of 1445 students served July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.
English Language Acquisition Corporate Classes
English Language Acquisition (ELA) Corporate Classes provide employees with essential English language skills for success in the workplace. By offering these classes onsite, it removes barriers such as time and transportation for those who have difficulty attending classes outside of work. This helps employees to improve their work skills while improving their language skills.
The standards Excellent English, published by Cambridge University Press, equips employees with the grammar and oral skills they need to develop a foundation for long term career and educational success.
- Increased productivity and employee retention
- Improved safety
- Improved employer communication
- Internal recruitment and organic growth
- Employee skills diversification
- Enhanced customer service
- Increased use of English during work building workplace relationships
Classes are provided to the Employer at no cost. Funds are provided by the Texas Workforce Commission through the Dallas County Adult Education and Literacy Consortium.
- Promote classes to employees
- Provide a quiet space with tables and chairs
- Work cooperatively to maintain class attendance
Employees are given a baseline assessment to determine their level of English skills. The assessment will measure reading, writing, listening and oral skills. There is no pass or fail. The assessment helps us to determine the level of the class and to measure their progression at the end of the class.
Employees will be provided workbooks to keep for additional study at home. All classes will have a set of student books to be used during class time. Students will need to provide their own paper, pencils and notebooks.
All instructors have at minimum a Bachelor’s degree and experience with English Language Learners. Instructors are required annually to complete professional development to keep their skills and knowledge current. Instructors are also available to work with employers to incorporate company relevant language into the lessons.
Employees receive 60 direct instructional hours. The days and times are determined based on the needs of the employer. We will work to meet your needs.
In order to track the success of employees enrolled in the ELA classes, Wilkinson Center works with your business to track:
- Number of employees that complete the program
- Class attendance rate
- Assessment scores
- Improvement in language skills