Adult Education Staff

ESL & Citizenship

Grand Rapids Community College offers high-quality English proficiency instruction, to residents in neighborhood sites that are accessible and familiar. English and Citizenship instruction are provided by GRCC, Word ESL and Literacy Center instructors.

The goal of the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program is to help individuals acquire English proficiency and continue to achieve their educational, employment and personal goals.

Classes are now held at the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey Ave. SW., in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Next ESL orientation:

Due to high demand, the ESL program has a waiting time of four-to-five semesters. Please call or stop by one of our locations to put your contact information in the waiting list.  GRCC Adult Education will only call students in the waiting list for orientations.

Please call 616-234-3172 or email Lorena at for more information.

Participant requirements for ESL Program:

  • Must be 20 years of age.
  • Must attend an orientation.
  • Must take pre-tests and pay $5.00 non-refundable, assessment fee.
  • Must score 181 – 235 on the CASAS Pre-test to be eligible in our program per state requirements.
  • Must have a valid Michigan issued ID or Passport
  • Must pay $25, non-refundable, registration fee per semester

Adult Education Calendar of Events 2017-2018:

  • Summer enrollment: June 2017.
  • Summer semester starts July 10th, 2017 and ends August 23rd, 2017.
  • Fall enrollment: August 2017.
  • Winter enrollmnet: January 2018.
  • Adult Education Achievement Celebration, May 2018, 7 p.m., Tassell M-TEC.

Adult Education Calendar of Events 2016-2017:

  • Summer enrollment: June 2016.
  • Summer semester starts July 11th, 2016 and ends August 25th, 2016.
  • Fall enrollment: August 2016
  • Fall semester starts Saturday, September 17th, 2016 and ends Saturday, December 17th, 2016.
  • Adult Education Job Fair, Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Tassell M-TEC.
  • Winter enrollment: January 2017
  • Winter semester starts Saturday, February 4th, 2017 and ends Saturday, May 13th, 2017.
  • Adult Education Celebration, May 18th. 2017, 7:00 p.m., Tassell M-TEC.
  • ESL/CNA Graduation, June 9th, 2017, 4:00 p.m., Tassell M-TEC.
  • ESL/CNC Graduation, June 29th, 2017, 5:30 p.m., Tassell M-TEC.

Other ESL programs in the Grand Rapids Area:

Word ESL
2023 E. Fulton St.,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-454-4874

Literacy Center of West Michigan
1120 Monroe Ave. NW, Suite 240
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-459-5151

Wyoming Public Schools
3600 Byron Center Ave. SW
Wyoming, MI  49519
Phone: 616-530-7500

Grand Rapids Public Schools
2405 Leonard St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Phone: 616-819-2734