Adult Education: Basic Education, GED Preparation, & ESL

The GECAC Adult Education Program welcomes adults who are interested in improving their math and reading abilities, learning English or are preparing for the GED® test.  The classes are designed to meet the student’s individual needs by increasing competency while providing opportunities to learn about careers and employment.  All classes include career exploration and labor market information to help students set goals. 

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The Classes

Free GED® Preparation and Testing Now Offered! Two levels of GED® classes are provided and students are placed according to their assessment scores. There is a general GED® preparation class teaching Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies and a Fast Track GED® for test ready individuals interested in boosting their scores.


GECAC has become an official PearsonVue Testing Center where the official GED® Test is administered.  The Test Takers Guide to GED® will inform you how to  schedule your test.  

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Adult Basic Education Classes
For students needing basic skills remediation, the Adult Basic Classes allow students to work at their own pace toward their ultimate goals—GED® Preparation, Post Secondary Education or Employment.

English as a Second Language
English is taught four days per week in a small group setting. Students practice speaking, reading and writing skills.

Students may also choose to participate in English on Demand, which is computer based and allows students to learn English skills at their own pace.

Students can join either or both types of classes.
Case Management
Students work with their instructors to set goals, examine potential opportunities, and overcome the barriers to achieving them.
Instructors are available outside class times to meet with students individually, as needed.
The instructor helps each student in decision making for their continued achievement, post secondary education or employment choices. Adult Education staff communicates with students to encourage attendance and verify that goals are met.

 Program Locations:

GECAC Adult Learning Center
440 West 18th Street
Erie, PA 16502

PA CareerLink Erie County
155 West 8th Street
Erie, PA 16501

Neighborhood Network East
(Behind the International Institute)
509 East 26th Street
Erie, PA 16504 

How to become a student

  • Call 814-451-5611 or stop by the GECAC Adult Learning Center, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, to sign up for an orientation.
  • During the orientation, students hear about program opportunities and requirements; they meet with instructors to set their individualized educational plan. 
  • Being a successful Adult Education Student requires commitment from the student. Attendance, participation, and goal setting are expected.