Getting your GED can lead to a lot more opportunities to find better jobs in Chicago. With your high school credential, you can start at a better entry-level job or enroll in career training and college classes. Approximately 97% of employers and educators consider the GED to be a satisfactory replacement for a traditional high school diploma. There are dozens of free classes to help test-takers do better on the exam, so take advantage of all the resources available to help you pass.
Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
30 E. Adams St. Suite 1130
Chicago, IL 60603
The Literacy Volunteers of Illinois offer GED test preparation for all types of students. Their program varies between one-on-one tutoring and bigger classes, depending on demand and tutor availability. The program works with the state, so most costs are subsidized and instruction is available for little to no cost.
Jobs for Youth – Chicago
17 N State St., 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
The Jobs for Youth program offers extensive job training and placement services. For the GED program, applicants must complete an assessment test before enrollment can begin. Classes cover all five subjects and take approximately 12 weeks to complete.
National Able Network – Chicago Workforce Center
1700 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
The National Able Network provides many types of workforce readiness classes, including a free GED preparation course. Classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for three hours each week. The program provides practice tests and study sessions also.
Literacy Services at Libraries
40 E Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
The American Library Association offers literacy training for adults and non-english speakers to prepare them for a career. This includes GED preparation courses. The classes are hosted at libraries across Chicago, but the main center for literacy services is in the Loop. Contact the program for specific listings.
Poder Learning Center
1637 S. Allport
Chicago, IL 60608
The Poder Learning Center focuses primarily on serving the Spanish-speaking community on Chicago’s west side. They provide GED classes, computer skills training, and ESL classes for Spanish-speaking immigrants. Services are provided for free, excluding some costs for testing fees and applications.