GED, Literacy, & ESL

Earn your GED or improve your skills in Reading or Math

Getting your GED can put you on the path to your career goals.  GED graduates are more likely to be employed and earn more than people without a GED or high school diploma.

What is the Cost?

Our program is completely free. Students never need to pay for materials or classes. The only thing a student ever pays for is the GED testing itself. For many students, grant dollars will cover the testing costs as well.

When Can I Start?

All students are required to complete an orientation before starting classes. Orientations are held once a month at each center. Sign up for an orientation through our website. You’ll be a regular student in our class once you complete orientation.

How Long to Complete?

Because everyone has different skill levels, the time it takes an individual to earn their GED varies. Current skills and effort determines the length of time to complete the program.

Where are Classes Held?

Fall classes start the week of August 22. Call to get signed up!

Quincy classes are held at the main JWCC campus at 1301 S. 48th St. in D147. Morning session meets from 9:00 AM – noon; evening session meets from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Both sessions run Monday-Thursday.

Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM – noon at the Southeast Education Center, located at 39637 260th Ave north of Pittsfield.

Classes are held on Tuesdays from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Mt. Sterling Center, located at 108 N. Capitol St.

Classes are held on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM – noon at First Christian Church, located at 210 S. Ohio St. in Camp Point.

Have more questions?

Fill out the form below if you have any questions regarding the GED program.  You may also call our Adult Education Coordinator at 217.641.4951.

Contact Us

GED Instruction

How Do I Start?

The first steps are to complete the enrollment form and sign up for an orientation. After you’ve completed both of these, we will contact you to get you ready to begin!  We will walk you through each step and look forward to helping you achieve your academic and career goals!  Feel free to give us a call if you would like help with the forms.

Complete the Enrollment Form

Sign Up for an Orientation

Melissa Baum

“It’s never too late. If you put the time and effort in, you can do anything.”

Melissa Baum

Monica Foster instructing student


(English as a Second Language)

Learn to read, write, and speak English.  We offer free classes for adults in the JWCC district who wish to learn the skills necessary to interact successfully in the workplace, school, and community.

When do classes meet?

Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

They also meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the JWCC Southeast Education Center.

Where are classes offered?

Classes meet at the JWCC Paul Heath Center – Room D147, 1301 S 48th Street, Quincy, IL.

What is the cost?

The program is completely free!


Do you need help improving your reading or math skills, or need to learn English as a Second Language?

Adults who live in the JWCC district, are 17 years or older, and not enrolled in high school, may be eligible to enroll in the Literacy Services program. Students will be matched with a trained volunteer tutor and will meet once a week at a time and place that is convenient. The program is free and confidential.

GED Student takes notes on her pink notebook
GED and Literacy photo
GED Literacy photo
GED and Literacy photo

Literacy Tutor with student

Become a Volunteer Tutor! 

The goal of Literacy Services is to reduce adult illiteracy within the JWCC District by providing effective, non-threatening, and easily accessible literacy instruction and by building public awareness of the issue of adult illiteracy.  Tutors may enroll in the program anytime during the year.

Literacy Services matches trained volunteers on a one-to-one basis with non-reading or low-level reading adults, and with adults who need to learn English as a Second Language. The program is free to both tutors and students.  Tutors are provided required free training.  Times and locations for tutoring are flexible and worked out between tutor and learner.  Privacy and confidentiality are assured as students  proceed through lessons designed to help them meet their personal goals.